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FORT DODGE, Iowa\u00a0\u2014 The Davenport Assumption softball program had an abbreviated state championship celebration last summer.

With the final out recorded after 1:15 in the morning because of multiple delays and a 16-inning title game before it, there weren\u2019t many spectators other than family and close friends inside the Rogers Sports Complex to relish the achievement.

The Knights had plenty of daylight remaining Friday to savor their state title repeat.

After an inauspicious start, top-ranked Assumption used a four-run inning to down ninth-ranked Roland-Story 4-2 and complete its wire-to-wire journey as the top team in Iowa Class 3A this summer.

\u201cThis is the best feeling in the world,\u201d junior pitcher Allie Timmons said. \u201cWe actually get to celebrate this year and not just go to bed afterward. That\u2019s always nice.\u201d

Coach Ron Ferrill\u2019s team won 44 straight games en route to the school\u2019s first state crown last July.

This squad lost to Class 5A state finalist Pleasant Valley three times during the year and played with a bull\u2019s-eye on its back since the start of the season.

They overcame it all to finish off a two-year run of 83 wins against four losses.

\u201cWe were the one everybody wanted to beat,\u201d Ferrill said. \u201cThey weren\u2019t bashful about it. You could read about it in any paper on any given day. Our girls handled the year with such professionalism.

\u201cFor our young women to rise to the occasion the way they did is nothing short of amazing.\u201d

Assumption (39-3) had little difficulty throughout the postseason until Friday. The Knights outscored their three regional opponents 20-2, used a late surge to 10-run Benton Community in the quarterfinals and silenced Humboldt 9-1 in the semifinals.

The championship game was much different. The Knights trailed for the first time in the postseason.

Roland-Story (30-5) capitalized on two walks, a hit batsman and a pair of fielder choices for a run in the opening inning. It added another run in the third on a Riley Holmgren single to take a 2-0 advantage.

Assumption, meanwhile, didn\u2019t generate a baserunner the first time through the order against Holmgren.

\u201cWe almost put too much pressure on ourselves at the beginning,\u201d senior Hannah Kelley said. \u201cIn reality, we knew we were going to come out and have that big inning. We just didn\u2019t know when.\u201d

The spark came in the bottom of the fourth.

With one out, Lea Nelson popped up a bunt in front of the pitcher\u2019s circle. Holmgren couldn\u2019t quite get to it and Nelson beat it out for a single.

\u201cHonestly, we came together between innings and said, \u2018Guys, we\u2019ve got to get something started,\u2019\u201d Timmons said. \u201cWhen Lea got the bunt down, it changed the whole game.\u201d

Nelson had a couple bunting mishaps earlier in the tournament.

\u201cIt was a little nerve-racking that it might be caught, but I always try to run to first base no matter what,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cLuckily, it got down.\u201d

Nelson swiped second. Anna Wohlers, named captain of the all-tournament team, brought her in with a double into the left-field corner, her sixth hit of the tournament and fourth for extra bases.

\u201cAs soon as Lea got on, I knew we had a fire lit,\u201d Wohlers said. \u201cIt just kept going. When we get multiple hits, we get more and more energy every time. We just kept that.\u201d

Kelley reached on a two-base error, and Carlie Sammon brought the tying and go-ahead runs in with a double to center field. Nicole Yoder followed with a squeeze bunt to score pinch-runner Maddie Loken.

In a span of eight minutes, Assumption went from down two to up two.

\u201cWe never give up,\u201d freshman second baseman and all-tournament selection Olivia Wardlow said. \u201cWe were jacked up in that fourth inning.\u201d

Ferrill credited Roland-Story for punching his team in the mouth first and putting them back on its heels.

\u201cWe weren\u2019t looking good, but it didn\u2019t change the fact how talented we are and how good we are and how deep we are,\u201d he said. \u201cWe were still up to that point the best team in the state.

\u201cWe let our emotions maybe get away from us there a little bit. Once we re-zoned in, we played like we played most of the postseason.\u201d

Timmons, her first full season on varsity, took care of the rest in the circle.

After Kelley surrendered both runs in three innings, Timmons allowed only two hits and struck out four over the final four innings to earn the win.

\u201cHonestly, I wasn\u2019t as nervous,\u201d Timmons said. \u201cI knew I had to do my job. I just went in and did what I had to do.\"

Ferrill believes some of that stems from the experience Timmons got two years ago here. He used Timmons in relief during Benton Community\u2019s championship win over Assumption.

\u201cI was thinking about today on that day,\u201d Ferrill said. \u201cWe knew there was going to be a day when Allie had to rise to the occasion.\"

Timmons didn\u2019t give up a run in 7 2/3 innings at the state tournament, all relief appearances. She is expected to take over as the team\u2019s ace next summer.

\u201cAllie Timmons was absolutely phenomenal in the circle,\u201d Kelley said. \u201cShe has only gotten better every single day.\u201d

Assumption has three senior starters to replace -- Kelley, Olivia Allen and Hannah Wislander. Still, the nucleus is in place for the Knights to prolong this run for at least three more seasons.

\u201cState has to be our goal again next year,\u201d Wardlow said. \u201cWe have the talent.\u201d

First, Assumption was going to enjoy this one ... in the daylight.

\u201cThis is all I wished for and all I wanted throughout the entire season was to end on a state championship,\u201d said Kelley, also an all-tournament choice. \u201cNo matter the time of day, the feeling is indescribable.\u201d

PHOTOS: Assumption captures second straight softball title
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Cedar County has been designated an Iowa Great Place, and Davenport has been redesignated as such, making both communities eligible for funding for certain improvement projects.

The designation is a program of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which awards grants from an annual legislative appropriation to the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, according to a news release. Iowa currently has 45 Great Places with 13 projects in progress. The average Great Places grant award from 2014 to 2018 was $204,000.

Davenport previously received Great Place designation in 2007 as Iowa's Front Porch, and received $556,000 in grants, Steve Ahrens, executive officer of the Riverfront Improvement Commission, said.

That included $286,000 for the Centennial Park active recreation corridor, including basketball courts; $100,000 for the Centennial Park sprayground; $100,000 for the West River Drive medians with trees and flowers; and $70,000 for the LeClaire Park bandshell addition.

The current designation is for Main Street Landing on the Mississippi River.

That means the city could apply for grants to help with the next riverfront improvement, such as the proposed arts project still in development, Ahrens said.

In Cedar County \u2014 bordering Scott on the west \u2014 two improvement projects could be the painting of colorful murals on town buildings or the building of recreational trails, said Jon Bell, president of the board of directors of the Cedar County Development Foundation as well as a member of the Cedar County Board of Supervisors.

Cedar County began planning to apply for Great Places designation in the fall of 2017, with meetings held in each of the county's towns \u2014 Tipton, Durant, West Branch, Bennett, Mechanicsville, Stanwood, Clarence and Lowden, he said.

\"I attended all those meetings in every community and there was a lot of participation,\" Bell said. Many people came to offer ideas of what they would like to see happen to improve their towns, he said.

Two improvement ideas that consistently bubbled to the top were for the painting of vintage postcard-like murals on the sides downtown buildings, each reflecting something unique about that particular town, he said.

Tipton residents, for example, already have identified a spot they'd like to paint\u00a0\u2014 an 1800s brick building currently housing the Among Friends gift shop, Bell said.

At present, the town's signature large bicycle \u2014 installed in 2008, the year RAGBRAI (the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) streamed through town \u2014 stands at the side of the building. And at its concrete base are racks of regular-sized bicycles that can be picked up for free, used and returned.

Another common idea would be to improve, or begin, parks projects, he said. Recreational trails that \"go somewhere\" \u2014 connecting two or more towns \u2014 is a popular idea.

Now that the Great Place designation is in place, the county's various towns can decide on solid projects and compile actual applications.

\"This sets us up for a lot of really cool things to happen,\" Bell said. \"It is setting things up for the future.\"

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Iowa\u2019s overall tax revenue increased 4 percent in the past 12 months compared to 1.6 percent growth the previous year, the Legislative Services Agency reported Friday.

The $329.9 million growth was concentrated in individual income taxes and sales taxes, the agency said, while taxes on fuel and tobacco and the franchise tax paid by financial institutions declined.

Net tax revenue for June was $788.7 million, an increase of $44 million or 5.9 percent compared with June 2017, according to the report.

Net revenue from all taxes for the 12 months ending June 30 totaled $8.588 billion.

Individual income tax revenue increased $276 million, or 7.7 percent, fueled largely by changes in federal income taxes, the Legislative Services Agency said.

The reduction in federal income tax rates resulted in an automatic increase in Iowa withholding tax receipts. That\u2019s because the Iowa tax code allows taxpayers to deduct what they pay for federal taxes from their Iowa taxable income.

Iowa lawmakers agreed this year to phase out federal deductibility to prevent that happening again, but in the meantime, the one-time windfall spurred the state\u2019s revenue growth.

Iowa corporate income tax receipts grew $28 million, or 7 percent, after being generally down year-over-year from October 2015 through May 2017, the report said.

Sales and use taxes were up $105.4 million overall, or 3.9 percent, with taxes on vehicle sales, which is deposited in the Road Use Tax Fund, increasing $15.2 million or 4 percent.

Sales/use tax revenue deposited to other state funds, mainly the Flood Mitigation Fund, decreased $6.7 million.

Sales tax revenue deposited to the state general fund increased 4.6 percent, or $129.1 million, while refunds of state general fund sales/use tax payments increased $41.1 million.

Sales tax payments to the school infrastructure account \u2014 recorded as tax refunds \u2014 decreased $8.8 million.

The Legislative Service Agency also reported a $3 million, or 1 percent, increase in gambling tax revenue.

According to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, 10 of Iowa\u2019s 19 state-regulated casino/track locations recorded negative annual adjusted gross revenue growth for the 12 months ending June 30.

The combined change for all of the 19 facilities, though, grew 0.7 percent over the previous 12 months. The adjusted gross revenue growth for all the gambling facilities was $1.464 billion for the fiscal year, or 0.4 percent below the annual revenue growth peak in November 2012.

Fuel tax revenue fell 9.3 percent, $66.8 million, due to sales of taxable fuels falling 0.3 percent, the report said. Sales of gasoline blended with ethanol fell 1.131 billion gallons, or 3.4 percent, while sales of unblended gasoline, diesel and diesel blends, and aviation fuel increased.

Insurance premium and real estate transfer tax revenue increased, but tobacco tax revenue fell 3.9 percent, or $8.6 million.

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DES MOINES \u2014 Trade taxes on U.S. whiskey have Iowa distillers reaching for the bottle. They are concerned with retaliatory tariffs on whiskey implemented by the European Union, Canada, Mexico and China.

U.S. whiskey, among many other products, was hit with additional tariffs in response to new U.S. tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump\u2019s administration in an effort to make U.S. steel more competitive and curtail Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property.

The escalating trade war has caused great concern in Iowa, particularly among hog and soybean farmers. Whiskey producers are similarly uneasy.

\u201cThey already have impacted our business,\u201d said Jeff Quint, owner of Cedar Ridge Winery in Swisher.

Cedar Ridge had to reduce the price on recent orders to France and Denmark because of the tariffs, he said.

\u201cWe ended up having to discount both of those shipments in order to keep the deal,\u201d Quint said. \u201cWhen you hear about a tariff you think we\u2019re just going to raise the price in the other country. But it\u2019s not their problem, it\u2019s our problem, especially when you\u2019re trying to start a new relationship with a new distributor in a foreign country.\u201d

\u201cWe ate the bulk of it,\u201d Quint added. \u201cSo yeah, it\u2019s definitely affecting the bottom line.\u201d

The spirits industry employs 1.5 million workers directly or indirectly, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Exports worth nearly $760 million have been targeted by retaliatory tariffs, it says. That\u2019s nearly half of U.S. spirits exports and almost two-thirds of U.S. whiskey exports.

\u201cThe imposition of tariffs on these products by our major trading partners threatens to seriously impede the export progress that has benefited our sector and created jobs across the country,\u201d the council wrote in a June letter to U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross. \u201cWe are extremely concerned about the impact that retaliatory tariffs will have on U.S. distilled spirits producers, as well as their agricultural and supply chain partners.\u201d

Garrett Burchett, co-owner of Mississippi River Distilling in LeClaire, said even for small whiskey-producing business like his that do not export a high percentage of product, the tariffs still have a negative impact on the bottom line, especially through uncertainty.

Burchett said China was a market that had been closed off, and distillers took advantage of it opening up again. The Distilled Spirits Council said U.S. spirits exports to China grew from just less than $1 million in 2001 to $12.8 million in 2017.

\u201cGenerally what we\u2019ve seen is what\u2019s good for the larger companies usually trickles down to us as well. When they have good trade relationships, it\u2019s easier for us to have good trade relationships as well,\u201d Burchett said.

Mississippi River Distilling had not yet tapped the Chinese market, but has exported to Europe and Australia, he said, adding for smaller distillers, exports typically are large sales at a higher margin.

\u201cSo those sales are a real nice shot in the arm. When those are in flux or could go away, then it kind of leaves this question mark out there,\u201d he said. \u201cCertainly it\u2019s not a huge part of our overall business. A lot of our business is more localized. That said, having markets that aren\u2019t accessible anymore or that have larger burdens to them is a big deal.\u201d

Burchett is also concerned with the greater impact tariffs could have on Iowa\u2019s overall economy. He said if the tariffs become a drag on Iowa\u2019s economy, people may start spending less on luxuries.

\u201cIf people have less income to go do those fun things like spend a weekend at LeClaire or some of those tourist activities, that would dramatically impact our bottom line,\u201d Burchett said. \u201cIt leaves more question marks then I think any of us really want.\u201d

The American Craft Spirits Association, which represents more than 1,700 small spirits producers, said craft spirits exports grew by 8.2 percent in 2017, and exports account for 10 percent of the industry\u2019s annual production.

\u201cImposed tariffs on American whiskey exports or limiting our market access will dramatically, directly, and negatively affect not just our distillers and their families, who collectively make up a workforce of more than 20,000 employees across the U.S., but the farmers and agricultural partners who supply their grains, the manufacturing industry who has helped support our community as it grows, and the broader hospitality industry,\u201d an association statement said.

Quint said Cedar Ridge, for which exports are roughly 15 to 16 percent of annual business, had planned to explore new trade relationships in China, but has put that plan on hold.

He said the tariffs have not yet impacted his business decisions beyond that, but could if the trade disputes drag on for months.

\u201cWe\u2019re taking a wait-and-see approach (with China). Hopefully the negotiation will pay off at some point. But right now it\u2019s rough,\u201d Quint said. \u201cAt the end of the year, we\u2019ll take a fresh look at this and if the situation is unchanged or worsened, then yeah, it may cause us to change our plans, including possibly cutting back production a slight amount.\u201d

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LeCLAIRE\u00a0\u2014 A body was discovered early Friday near the railroad tracks north of LeClaire.

Two neighbors along U.S. 67 near Lund Creek said they saw a heavy law-enforcement presence beginning shortly after sunrise.

The Scott County Sheriff's Department confirmed an investigation is underway, saying the discovery was made by a railroad crew shortly after 6 a.m.

\"The incident is ongoing and is being investigated by the Scott County Sheriff\u2019s office along with the assistance of the Canadian Railroad Police,\" according to a sheriff's department statement.

The statement also asks that anyone with information contact the Scott County Sheriff\u2019s Office. The name of the deceased is being withheld, pending notification of family.

It is not clear how the person died, but the railroad tracks run very close to the highway in the area just before Princeton, and neighbors said people jog there early in the morning.

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ALEDO, Ill. \u2014 Mercer County Animal Control broke ground Friday morning on a 2,100-square-foot facility going up behind the existing building at 1638 Illinois 17, west of Aledo.

RKE Construction, of Buffalo Prairie, Illinois, the contractor for the project to be completed before winter.

Gary Cortright, Aledo, president of FurEver Friends for Mercer County Animals, said the project was a long time coming.

\u201cI\u2019m just very pleased that we have done this. I\u2019m glad to see all the people we\u2019ve had who've been a part of the organization that has worked so hard for it.\u201d

He said the current facility had been inadequate for around 10 years, but it was just within the past 2\u00bd years that efforts had been underway to plan the construction.

Four years since its inception, FurEver Friends reached its first goal of providing the majority of funding for the project. The group will contribute $140,000 to the estimated $200,000 construction.

FurEver Friends vice president Jerry Bryan, Sherrard, said the funds came from several large donations from Mercer County residents as well as the group's fundraising efforts. He said animal control would pay the difference.

\u201cPeople don\u2019t understand that animal control basically gets no county money, except for paying for Social Security and retirement,\u201d Bryan said. The self-sustaining facility runs primarily through registration fees.

He credited Animal Control Administrator Matt Lower with providing the acumen to set aside Animal Control money in the building fund over the course of the past 2\u00bd years since he came on board.

\u201cThis is exciting; it\u2019s been a long time coming. The new building is going to be 100 times better than the facility we have now,\u201d Bryan said. He said the current 24-foot by 48-foot facility didn't have the capacity to properly isolate animals.

\u201cThe new (30-foot by 72-foot) building will have the ability to isolate, so we can keep any communicable diseases away from the rest of the animal population,\u201d he said. It will also have a public space where potential adoptees can interact with pets.

Looking to the future, FurEver Friends hopes to establish a volunteer group for the shelter. It would also like to add an outdoor area for cats.

Lower said the old building would be taken down to make room for a parking lot.

\u201cThey did a tremendous job getting the fundraising,\u201d he said.

Currently, the group is participating in a matching grant donation. The Gabriel Foundation of Florida will match up to $25,000 in donations through January 2019.

To donate, mail donations to Fur Ever Friends for Mercer County Animals at P.O. Box 32, Aledo, IL 61231. For more information, contact Jerry Bryan at 309-593-2649.

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A father and son pass a football back and forth in the grass while a family nearby settles into the blanket-layered bed of their pickup truck with a buffet of snacks.

The setting sun preludes showtime at the Blue Grass Drive-In Theater, and the grounds are relatively quiet compared to the roaring buzz expected here next weekend.

Not only does Tom Cruise\u2019s latest movie, \u201cMission: Impossible \u2013 Fallout,\u201d open here next Friday, but upward of 14,000-18,000 cyclists are projected to pass through Saturday during the end of the Register\u2019s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

Blue Grass has a spot on the RAGBRAI route for the first time in the popular event\u2019s 46-year history. The 428-mile ride begins Sunday at the Missouri River in Onawa and stops overnight in Dennison, Jefferson, Ames, Newton, Sigourney and Iowa City. The journey ends Saturday at the Mississippi River in Davenport.

\u201cWe\u2019re unique in that we\u2019re the last stop before the river,\u201d said Wayne Beck, president of Blue Grass Savings Bank and co-chair of the city\u2019s RAGBRAI planning committee. \u201cA lot of them (cyclists) just want to get home, but the key is to get them to stop and buy something.\u201d

\"Wayne

Wayne Beck, co-chair of the RAGBRAI planning committee in Blue Grass, discusses where vendors will be located next Saturday on the grounds of the Blue Grass Drive-In Theater.\u00a0

Stops before Blue Grass on the near-70-mile leg include West Liberty, Atalissa, Moscow, Wilton, Wildcat Den State Park and Montpelier.

Reconstruction of North Mississippi Street, the main drag in the 1,600-person western Scott County town, drove officials to host the festivities at the 10-acre drive-in theater, 774 W. Mayne St.

\u201cWe\u2019re still showing off the force that brings a lot of people from out of town here,\u201d Mayor Larry Guy said. \u201cThere aren\u2019t a lot of them (drive-in theaters) around anymore, so hopefully after RAGBRAI, people will come back to visit.\u201d

Randy Lorenz and his family opened the two-screen drive-in back in 2014. Last season, they sold 20,000 tickets, and now they plan to add a third screen.

Paying homage to the past and peak period of drive-in popularity, cyclists will experience vibes from the late 1950s/early 1960s when they arrive on the scene.

Beck, who serves with fellow co-chairs Tina Kress and Becky Guy, called it a great opportunity for participating businesses and nonprofit organizations to showcase the city and make a little extra money. Private businesses paid $300 for a spot at the party and nonprofits secured their place with $150.

\"We wanted to use as many local vendors as we could,\" Beck said.\u00a0

\"Blue

A sign near the entrance of the Blue Grass Drive-In Theater.\u00a0

There will be other food options as well as a beer garden. Preparations are well underway.\u00a0\u00a0

American Legion Post 711 and St. Andrew Catholic Church, the two designated nonprofits involved, are producing close to 2,500 baked goods each.

On Friday, Donna Kraft with American Legion Post 711 baked some of her famous brownies with Heath Bar bits. \u201cThese are to die for,\u201d she said. Kraft also made a couple of batches of \u201cgarbage cookies,\u201d which feature chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, coconut flakes, Rice Krispies and oatmeal.

\u201cI think I\u2019m gaining weight as I smell,\u201d her husband, Wayne, joked. They are raising money to replace the flooring in the legion hall.

Blue Grass resident Mary Nelson is baking 10 pies for each group with fresh fruit from her garden.

\"Everybody likes her pies,\" Nelson's adult daughter, Adrienne, said. \"They look different than everyone else's.\"\u00a0

Representatives of St. Andrew Catholic Church said they hope to pocket between $3,000 and $4,000 to fund future youth group activities.\u00a0

\"Tim

After the RAGBRAI meeting Monday at the Blue Grass Drive-In Theater, vendor Tim Rhoades checks on his pork and adds cherry wood chips to the smoker in his backyard. Rhoades Smokin Ribs will have 500 pounds of pulled pork and 500 pounds of chicken breasts ready for touring cyclists next Saturday.

Tim Rhoades, owner of Rhoades Smokin Ribs, loaded his backyard smoker with 80 pounds of pork Monday. In a week, he will have 500 pounds of pulled pork, 500 pounds of chicken breasts and plenty of his award-winning Dusty's barbecue sauce at the ready.\u00a0 \u00a0

\u201cThis will be our biggest event ever,\u201d said Rhoades, who enlisted his older brother, Dave, a Florida resident, to help him. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be a wild ride.\u201d

In addition to the regular concession stand items at the drive-in, Lorenz will have 600 hamburgers and 600 hot dogs in stock.\u00a0

Stealing a page out of Walcott's playbook in 2015, Blue Grass will fill two kiddie pools on site with water from the Mississippi. If tired cyclists want to end their ride at the drive-in, Beck said, they may dip their front tires in the water and \"call it good.\"

\"A lot of people don't want to go into Davenport,\" he said. \"Blue Grass is far enough.\"\u00a0

That final stretch is 10.2 miles.

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A father and son pass a football back and forth in the grass while a family nearby settles into the blanket-layered bed of their pickup truck with a buffet of snacks.

The setting sun preludes showtime at the Blue Grass Drive-In Theater, and the grounds are relatively quiet compared to the roaring buzz expected here next weekend.

Not only does Tom Cruise\u2019s latest movie, \u201cMission: Impossible \u2013 Fallout,\u201d open here next Friday, but upward of 14,000-18,000 cyclists are projected to pass through Saturday during the end of the Register\u2019s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

Blue Grass has a spot on the RAGBRAI route for the first time in the popular event\u2019s 46-year history. The 428-mile ride begins Sunday at the Missouri River in Onawa and stops overnight in Dennison, Jefferson, Ames, Newton, Sigourney and Iowa City. The journey ends Saturday at the Mississippi River in Davenport.

\u201cWe\u2019re unique in that we\u2019re the last stop before the river,\u201d said Wayne Beck, president of Blue Grass Savings Bank and co-chair of the city\u2019s RAGBRAI planning committee. \u201cA lot of them (cyclists) just want to get home, but the key is to get them to stop and buy something.\u201d

\"Wayne

Wayne Beck, co-chair of the RAGBRAI planning committee in Blue Grass, discusses where vendors will be located next Saturday on the grounds of the Blue Grass Drive-In Theater.\u00a0

Stops before Blue Grass on the near-70-mile leg include West Liberty, Atalissa, Moscow, Wilton, Wildcat Den State Park and Montpelier.

Reconstruction of North Mississippi Street, the main drag in the 1,600-person western Scott County town, drove officials to host the festivities at the 10-acre drive-in theater, 774 W. Mayne St.

\u201cWe\u2019re still showing off the force that brings a lot of people from out of town here,\u201d Mayor Larry Guy said. \u201cThere aren\u2019t a lot of them (drive-in theaters) around anymore, so hopefully after RAGBRAI, people will come back to visit.\u201d

Randy Lorenz and his family opened the two-screen drive-in back in 2014. Last season, they sold 20,000 tickets, and now they plan to add a third screen.

Paying homage to the past and peak period of drive-in popularity, cyclists will experience vibes from the late 1950s/early 1960s when they arrive on the scene.

Beck, who serves with fellow co-chairs Tina Kress and Becky Guy, called it a great opportunity for participating businesses and nonprofit organizations to showcase the city and make a little extra money. Private businesses paid $300 for a spot at the party and nonprofits secured their place with $150.

\"We wanted to use as many local vendors as we could,\" Beck said.\u00a0

\"Blue

A sign near the entrance of the Blue Grass Drive-In Theater.\u00a0

There will be a variety of meats, sweets and other food available as well a beer garden. Preparations are well underway.\u00a0\u00a0

American Legion Post 711 and St. Andrew Catholic Church, the two designated nonprofits involved, are producing close to 2,500 baked goods each.

On Friday, Donna Kraft with American Legion Post 711 baked some of her famous brownies with Heath Bar bits. \u201cThese are to die for,\u201d she said. Kraft also made a couple of batches of \u201cgarbage cookies,\u201d which feature chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, coconut flakes, Rice Krispies and oatmeal.

\u201cI think I\u2019m gaining weight as I smell,\u201d her husband, Wayne, joked. They are raising money to replace the flooring in the legion hall.

Blue Grass resident Mary Nelson is baking 10 pies for each group with fresh fruit from her garden.

\"Everybody likes her pies,\" Nelson's adult daughter, Adrienne, said. \"They look different than everyone else's.\"\u00a0

Representatives of St. Andrew Catholic Church said they hope to pocket between $3,000 and $4,000 to fund future youth group activities.\u00a0

\"Tim

After the RAGBRAI meeting Monday at the Blue Grass Drive-In Theater, vendor Tim Rhoades checks on his pork and adds cherry wood chips to the smoker in his backyard. Rhoades Smokin Ribs will have 500 pounds of pulled pork and 500 pounds of chicken breasts ready for touring cyclists next Saturday.

Tim Rhoades, owner of Rhoades Smokin Ribs, loaded his backyard smoker with 80 pounds of pork Monday. In a week, he will have 500 pounds of pulled pork, 500 pounds of chicken breasts and plenty of his award-winning Dusty's barbecue sauce at the ready.\u00a0 \u00a0

\u201cThis will be our biggest event ever,\u201d said Rhoades, who enlisted his older brother, Dave, a Florida resident, to help him. \u201cIt\u2019s going to be a wild ride.\u201d

In addition to the regular concession stand items at the drive-in, Lorenz will have 600 hamburgers and 600 hot dogs in stock.\u00a0

Stealing a page out of Walcott's playbook in 2015, Blue Grass will fill two kiddie pools on site with water from the Mississippi. If tired cyclists want to end their ride at the drive-in, Beck said, they may dip their front tires in the water and \"call it good.\"

\"A lot of people don't want to go into Davenport,\" he said. \"Blue Grass is far enough.\"\u00a0

That final stretch is 10.2 miles.

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\"Chuck

Grassley

Sen. Chuck Grassley has extended his record-setting voting streak in the U.S. Senate to 25 years.

The Iowa Republican, who has the record for the longest length of time without missing a vote in the history of the Senate, has cast 8,169 consecutive votes.

The previous record was held by Democratic Sen. William Proxmire of Wisconsin. Grassley, 84, now in his seventh six-year term since being elected to the Senate in 1980, broke that in January 2016.

The last vote Grassley missed was in 1993 when he was in Iowa because of severe floods that ravaged the state.

A prolific user of social media, Grassley tweeted Friday:

2day marks 25YRS W/OUT MISSING A VOTE in the US Senate My last missed vote was July 14 1993 when I was home touring the flood damage w Sen Harkin & Pres Clinton My job is to represent the ppl of Iowa in the US Senate every day 1 way of doing that is not missing a vote!

— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 20, 2018
\n\n

2 day marks 25YRS W/OUT MISSING A VOTE in the US Senate My last missed vote was July 14 1993 when I was home touring the flood damage w Sen Harkin & Pres Clinton My job is to represent the ppl of Iowa in the US Senate every day 1 way of doing that is not missing a vote!

After missing that vote, Grassley, who ranks third in Senate seniority behind Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, returned to Washington and began his current consecutive voting streak on July 20, 1993.

\u201cRepresentative government only works when both the people and their elected representatives communicate and participate in the process,\u201d Grassley said.

Visiting all 99 Iowa counties every year is part of that process for Grassley.

\u201cVoting on behalf of the people of Iowa is the second half of the equation,\u201d he said. \u201cA missed vote is a missed opportunity to effectively represent Iowans.

\u201cI take my responsibility as a senator from Iowa very seriously. I want Iowans to know I\u2019m on the job every day and not missing a vote is one way of doing that.\u201d

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Civilian Human Resources Agency, North Central Region, in Building 102 of the Rock Island Arsenal.

The future renovated space will house about 160 Department of the Army civilian employees who will perform the new mission of providing human resources functions for the Department of Defense Education Activity.

Nancy Lane, director of the CHRA North Central Region, CHRA, will be joined by Maj. Gen. Duane A. Gamble, senior commander of Rock Island Arsenal and commanding general of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, and Robert Brady, Associate Director for Financial and Business Operations, Department of Defense Education Activity.

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Little Gumby was blind, deaf and toothless.

The Silky Terrier lived for years in a ghastly Iowa breeding facility from which he and others were removed.

The people who took Gumby in \u201cdidn\u2019t like that he would lie in his poop and pee,\u201d said Deb Wallace, of Long Grove. She is proprietor of Down By the Creek Companion Animal Sanctuary\u00a0\u2014 a home for more than 100 rescued or re-homed pets that are rehabilitated, socialized and trained for pet therapy.

When Gumby joined the sanctuary, Wallace put a diaper on him and took him to nursing homes to sit on residents\u2019 laps.

\u201cI carried him in a cute cloth bag/purse stuffed with a towel in case he wet through his diaper,\u201d she said. \u201cBefore too long, he never wet himself again and didn\u2019t need a diaper.\u201d

Gumby became a popular visitor at care facilities.

\u201cBeing loved for a living seemed to give Gumby a purpose,\u201d Wallace said.

Though he has since has passed away, the little terrier is featured on one of the note cards the sanctuary sells. He was one of dozens upon dozens of animals Wallace has rescued and given a place to live out their lives. She saves \u201call types of unwanted or mistreated pets ... anything with fur, feathers or scales.\u201d

Wallace then shares the animals' stories, including their \u201camazing ability to forgive,\" by giving tours of the sanctuary and taking some of the animals into the community as proof of their power to trust again.

Despite his ill treatment and his handicaps, Gumby became one such ambassador.

'It's contagious'

Over a decade, Wallace's mission kept growing.

\u201cWe started small, with a few nursing homes in the area,\u201d she said. \u201cThese pet-therapy programs were so well-received, and demand increased so rapidly that we have grown beyond anything I could have imagined.\u201d

The sanctuary teaches kindness, using rescue animals to carry out the mission: \u201cEncourage humane and respectful behavior toward all animals and each other and to promote the preservation of the environment we share.\u201d

Since her start in November 2007, Wallace has encountered challenges in her teachings, but the animals have ways of helping there, too.

For example, when she took in a two-pound dog that had been abused by children, the animal helped Wallace teach children \u201cthe power of their little hands.\u201d

A former educator at the Fejervary Park Zoo, she got some of her ideas there.

\u201cIt took me a while to develop,\u201d she said of her mission. \u201cI felt there was enough cruelty. These animals\u2019 stories give hope, I think. Socializing with people who hear their stories changes them, as it changes us. It\u2019s contagious.\u201d

When children touch and hold the animals, she said, she is encouraged by the transformation that occurs in both.

The volunteers

Dozens of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life are essential to Down By the Creek.

\u201cIt\u2019s almost like they become part of the family,\u201d Wallace said.

Their labors of love are far from glamorous: They clean litter pans, wash rear ends and tend to the endless feeding of sanctuary residents.

Wallace\u2019s husband, Ron\u00a0\u2014 a letter carrier who is retired from the Air Force\u00a0\u2014 is among the volunteers. He frequently is found lugging carriers or wrangling animals at public presentations, including a recent appearance at Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village.

Other volunteers include Parker Kress, 16, of Bettendorf, who needed service hours to meet a requirement at Pleasant Valley High School.

\u201cWhat Debbie is doing is special, and I just wanted to be a part of it,\u201d he said.

Carly O\u2019Toole, 18, who also wanted to complete service hours for Pleasant Valley, has stayed with it for five years.

\"Volunteering here is an opportunity to show the community the place these animals came from, and the situations they\u2019ve been in, and how they\u2019ve recovered from their trauma,\" she said. \"The animals have the opportunity help the community and show people they\u2019re also not alone.\u201d

O\u2019Toole was so inspired that she started her own rescue\u00a0\u2014 O\u2019Toole Oasis\u00a0\u2014 for Betta fish, which she said are \u201cone of the most abused species of fish. People don\u2019t realize the care they need.\u201d

Added Wallace: \u201cIgnorance is often the way cruelty manifests itself.\u201d

Isaac Shepherd, 10, of Bettendorf said he learned about Down By the Creek during a visit to the Putnam Museum, Davenport, where he saw degus (small rodents) and sugar gliders that were visiting from the sanctuary.

\u201cI found out about Debbie and what she does for animals,\u201d said Shepherd, who has been volunteering since he was just four years old. \u201cWe try to inform people and to acknowledge that so many things are happening to these animals, and that it\u2019s horrible.\"

Sue Herrera, 67, of Milan, has been a Down By the Creek volunteer for five years.

Her interest was piqued when her mother was in a Bettendorf nursing home from 2008-2012.

\u201cShe was about 70 percent paralyzed from a stroke and was in a wheelchair,\u201d Herrera said of her mom. \u201c(Wallace) was doing a program there.\u201d

Herrera\u2019s mother developed a kinship with Gumby and responded to the dog, \u201cbecause he was handicapped in a different way,\u201d Herrera said.

She witnessed other nursing-home residents who hadn't spoken for days suddenly come to life in the presence of animals.

\u201cThat happens all the time,\u201d Wallace said.

Herrera now is a board member for the organization, does the books for the sanctuary and helps with programming and marketing.

The home she shares

The sanctuary is teeming with life, including the collection of dogs that \"announce\" the arrival of visitors.

One such canine is Yeller, a favorite among sanctuary visitors, nursing home residents and just about everyone he encounters.

Just inside, a friendly cat named William continues the welcoming duties.

Then a surprising fact confronts the nose: There is nothing to smell. The place is so clean, there is no evidence of the abundant menagerie.

The bird room contains all sort of airborne creatures, including sugar gliders.

There\u2019s a dog-washing setup in a bathroom and, in an extra-warm area, a bearded dragon, a gecko and a ball python. Cockatiels and dainty button quail share another enclosure.

In such an active environment, order counts. Food and cleaning products are labeled and neatly organized, and a huge clipboard lists the names of the dogs and their feeding schedules.

Bunnies have their own space, too, including a Hotot, which is a breed of white rabbit with black markings that appear to be wearing glasses or eyeliner. The sanctuary's bunny was discovered in a construction area, surrounded by Rottweilers.

The cat area is full of purring felines.

\u201cI know who pees the most,\u201d Wallace said of the cat collection. \u201cWhen you\u2019re rescuing cats, you\u2019re going to have fights, and you\u2019re going to have spraying. Cat behavior is to mark their territory.\"

Chinchillas take dust baths while turtles peer up from their enclosures.

Outside in the barn, a miniature pig named Hamlet shows his gift for napping as a miniature horse strolls its grounds.

Back inside, Wallace points out one especially important room in the sanctuary.

\"The living room is the safe zone,\u201d she said. \u201cThis is our room where we sit as a pack.\u201d

The pros and cons

Wallace, who presented 253 programs in 2017, said animal rescue and rehabilitation work is not for everybody.

She and her husband are a team, and his main job, he said, is to give support.

\u201cI followed him around the world,\u201d Wallace said, smiling. \u201cThis time, you follow me.\u201d

She spoke candidly about the hardships of the undertaking, warning, \"You can\u2019t be broke and start something like this. You have to be very careful. You can\u2019t do this when you\u2019re young.

\u201cYou\u2019ve got stuff to learn. I had to think really carefully before I did it. I decided to put it in the Lord\u2019s hands.\u201d

She is licensed through the USDA, which categorizes the operation as an \u201canimal acts exhibition.\"

Some days are \u201cridiculously hard\" and \"the payback is huge, but it\u2019s not in cash.\u201d

Animals must be fed day and night.

And it can take hours to prepare for a presentation, particularly if travel is involved. People don't always understand why the animals are visiting, and the explanation must be delivered with patience.

\u201cA lot of nursing home residents are farmers, so they see the animals in a different way,\u201d Herrera said, adding that one woman told her, \u201cBefore you came, they were just chickens. In your hands, they\u2019re beautiful birds.\u201d

Continuing education is work, too, and many people buy or otherwise acquire animals without having any idea how to take care of them.

\"It's not for the faint of heart or the faithless,\u201d Wallace said of her work.

And while she and the volunteers tend to every critter, they must tend to every dollar, too.

\u201cWe have five vets,\u201d she said. \u201cMost give us a little discount.\u201d

Wallace is chronically in need of donations and volunteers. But she entertains few regrets, and is routinely reminded that the sanctuary impacts everyone; human and animal.

\u201cI wanted to make a difference in the world,\u201d she said. \u201cI never knew the impact that it would make on my life. When I take animals on programs, nearly every day, that gives them a chance to be loved.

\"I find myself rescued by them every day.\"

Photos: Creek Companion Animal Sanctuary near Long Grove, Iowa
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The girl suffered her injury Thursday morning in the 100 block of Railroad Avenue, according to Moline police. The train also partially amputated her other leg.

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Tyion Alonte Harris, 23, of Bettendorf, pleaded guilty Wednesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm as part of a change of plea hearing he requested June 29, according to court records from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. It was not clear from the court records why he requested the hearing.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":2,"commentID":"d8551bfd-dcbf-5601-b35d-b906ad19a276","body":"

A man accused of carrying a weapon as a felon in Rock Island County has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge.

Tyion Alonte Harris, 23, of Bettendorf, pleaded guilty Wednesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm as part of a change of plea hearing he requested June 29, according to court records from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. It was not clear from the court records why he requested the hearing.

Harris was arrested Dec. 5, 2017, after a traffic stop near the Talbot Memorial (Centennial) Bridge, according to Rock Island County court records and Rock Island Police reports. Local authorities alleged that at the time, Harris was carrying a stolen pistol, did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon and had a felony conviction in Scott County.

The Rock Island County State's Attorney's Office charged Harris with possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful use or possession of weapons by felons, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis, according to court records.

Those charges were dropped Dec. 22, 2017, because of the federal charge.

Harris is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 15, federal court records state.

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A Quad-City Family Entertainment Center employee and several others were hurt Thursday night, apparently after the employee was attacked when a group of patrons was asked to calm down.

Moline police reported they were called around 9:53 p.m. Thursday to the business at 4401 44th Ave., Moline, for a report of 30 or 40 people fighting. When they arrived, officers determined about 15 people from one group had begun beating an employee who had asked the group to calm down and respect other patrons.

Other people tried to help the employee and were swept up in the melee, police said. The employee, who has not been identified, was sent to the hospital with serious injuries that included facial bone fractures. Four other people also were reported injured.

As of Friday afternoon no one had been arrested in the incident, according to Moline police, and the incident remained under investigation. Police said they were working to obtain security camera footage from the business.

Contacted Friday afternoon, an employee at Quad-City Family Entertainment Center said the business was open but declined to comment about what happened Thursday night.

Further details were not available Friday afternoon.

People who have information about the incident can contact the Moline Police Department\u2019s Criminal Investigation Division at 309-524-2140.

Information also may be left via Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500. Crime Stoppers can also be contacted through the P3 Tips app or at crimeinfo.net.

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Dr. Maritza Espina joined St. Ambrose University on July 1 as dean of the College of Business.

She has more than a decade of leadership experience and 16 years of scholarship in management research, publications, teaching, and service.\u00a0

She leads eight undergraduate and four graduate programs, and the St. Ambrose Center for Professional Development.\u00a0

Prior to joining St. Ambrose, Espina served as dean of the Business School for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Ana G. Mendez University System in Puerto Rico.\u00a0

During her 11-year tenure as dean with the Ana G. Mendez University System, Espina led 19 academic programs; achieved international accreditation by ACBSP; created six new academic programs; and increased enrollment and course offerings.

She received a bachelor's degree in statistics from the University of Puerto Rico; a master's in operations research and statistics; and doctoral degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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With a week to go before the Quad-City Times Bix 7, a handful of elite runners have pulled out of the 44th annual race due to injuries and illnesses.

The most notable loss is Kenya\u2019s Caroline Chepkoech, who broke the Bix 7 course record while finishing second to Mary Keitany in 2016. Bix 7 elite athlete coordinator John Tope said Chepkoech has not been feeling well and her training has not been going as well as expected.

Also pulling out of the women\u2019s field are former University of Iowa runner Diane Nukuri, who has four top-10 finishes in the Bix 7, and Ethiopian star Birtukan Alemu. Nukuri has an Achilles injury and Alemu has tonsillitis.

Stella Barsosio also dropped out of the race last week because she was unable to get a flight out of Kenya.

Withdrawals from the men\u2019s field include Kenyans Isaac Mukundi (illness) and Shadrack Kosgei (knee injury) and American Tyler Pennel (hip injury).

Runners who have been added to the field as replacements include Kenya\u2019s Bernard Ngeno, Margaret Muriuki, Vicoty Chepngeno and Delvine Meringor.

Margaret Muriuki was the Bix 7 women's champion in 2012. Chepngeno, a relative newcomer to the road racing scene, has five top-three finishes in U.S. races this year.

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A California congresswoman who will be in Davenport on Sunday says the party's candidates for the House are focused on the kitchen table issues that people care about \u2014 and that the chamber is \"ours to lose\" in the 2018 midterms.

U.S. Rep. Norma Torres, who represents a district east of Los Angeles, will be a featured speaker at the Iowa Democratic Party \"Back to Blue\" event at the Front Street Brewery Taproom, 421 West River Drive, at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The party is holding a series of these events to try to build support going into the fall elections.

Torres, along with Iowa Secretary of State candidate Deidre DeJear, State Auditor candidate Rob Sand and state Democratic Party Chair Troy Price will be speaking.

Torres, a former 911 dispatcher who is in her second term in Congress, said in an interview she's more apt to hear from constituents about their economic and health care struggles than the latest controversy involving President Trump. And she said that Democrats are tuned in to those concerns.

\"I think that the candidates we have, certainly in Iowa and across the nation, are having those real conversations with people and staying away from the national rhetoric that gets us nowhere,\" Torres told the Quad-City Times on Friday.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Moline Democrat and a part of the House Democratic leadership, has been urging the party to focus less on the president and more on issues like jobs and health care, saying that is the way to win districts that went for Trump in 2016.

Torres noted Trump's success in 2016, but added, \"I think our candidates are doing a really good job of reconnecting with people.\"

Asked whether Democrats would win the House this fall, she said, \"I think that it's ours to lose.\"

Democrats have to win a net two dozen seats to win control of the House. Currently, Republicans are in control of both houses of Congress.

The Democrats believe two of those possible pickups are in Iowa, in the 1st and 3rd congressional districts, which currently are held by Republican Reps. Rod Blum and David Young.

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For some people, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa is a weeklong party or a vacation with family and friends. For others, it may provide a prime people-watching opportunity, a physical challenge, a spiritual retreat or all of the above.\u00a0

Rich in tradition, at least one thing about RAGBRAI, now in its 46th year, is certain: the one-of-a-kind experience draws hordes of participants from all walks of life around the country.

More than 10,000 cyclists are expected to complete the 428-mile trip from the\u00a0Missouri River in Onawa to the Mississippi River in Davenport, RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz said.

Meet three unique individuals from the Quad-Cities who likely will stand out in the crowds, each for different reasons.\u00a0

Bishop 'prefers prayers to luck'

A lot has changed in the last 30-some years since this Catholic guy from Mount Vernon, Iowa, biked across the state on his 10-speed Schwinn and camped at least one night in a water-logged tent.

This will be his first RAGBRAI since the mid-1980s, and\u00a0Bishop Thomas Zinkula of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport expects an entirely different experience. His team of 20 will stay in Catholic churches along the way.

\u201cI\u2019m a little embarrassed by this, but I have a bed to sleep in every night and my own bathroom,\u201d Zinkula, 61, said.\u00a0

He will earn his keep by celebrating mass at 6 p.m. each night. The Davenport Diocese, one of four archdioceses in Iowa, covers the southeast quadrant of the state, including Newton, Sigourney and Iowa City, the final three overnight stops on RAGBRAI, as well as the small neighboring towns.

\u201cWe were going to do this no matter where it went,\u201d said Zinkula, a conditioned cyclist, who was chosen last year by Pope Francis to serve as the ninth bishop of the Davenport Diocese. \u201cIt\u2019s extra special that the second half is in our diocese.\u201d\u00a0

\"Zinkula

Monsignor Thomas Zinkula becomes the ninth bishop of the\u00a0Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport during his ordination and installation ceremony last June at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf.

The pontiff\u2019s practice of reaching into the margins of society and ministering to people there inspired \u201cPedaling to the Peripheries,\u201d the name of the Davenport Diocese\u2019s team, printed on the back of Zinkula\u2019s jersey.

\u201cWe\u2019re going to the peripheries of Iowa on RAGBRAI, little towns here and there,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ll have a chance as bishop to interact with people in ways I could never do otherwise; who knows what conversations I might have?\u201d

After finishing the ride next Saturday, Zinkula will go back the way he came to lead mass that night in Grinnell, about 120 miles west of the Quad-Cities.

\"Hopefully I'll be able to handle this,\" he said. \"I prefer prayers to luck.\"

Octogenarian keeps cruising

\"Insane,\" \"nonsense\" and \"ridiculous.\"

At 87, retired Davenport teacher Margaret (Maggie) Paulos is not afraid to use those adjectives to describe the final leg of RAGBRAI, which begins in Iowa City, features 1,585 feet of climb and stretches 68.9 miles to the Quad-Cities.

\u201cI\u2019ll probably ride the first half out of Iowa City, but I\u2019ll avoid most of Saturday,\u201d she said, noting her distaste of steep inclines. \u201cStretching the last day to nearly 70 miles is ridiculous; people are anxious to get home.\u201d

Paulos, a widowed mother of eight, grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of one, speaks from experience. She has involved herself in at least part of every RAGBRAI since its inception in 1973. About 50 miles is her limit these days, which will allow her to do every bit of Sunday\u2019s 43.5-mile ride from Onawa to Denison and big chunks of subsequent stretches.\u00a0

Her three sons, Richard, 62, of Cedar Rapids, Jonathan, 57, of York, Pennsylvania, and Bentham, 52, of Berkeley, California, will be biking, too. Following in his mother's footsteps, Richard has not missed a RAGBRAI either.

As members of the Cedar Rapids-based Hawkeye Bicycle Association, Paulos and Richard will enjoy sleeping in air-conditioned churches every night.

Although she has plenty of support, the 135-pound Paulos, who has \"shrunk to about 5-foot-3,\" usually rides alone, at her own pace.

\"Maggie

Retired teacher Maggie Paulos, 87, of Davenport, has participated in at least part of every RAGBRAI since the first Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa ended in Davenport in 1973.\u00a0\u00a0

\u201cNobody can ride as slow as I do,\u201d she said. \u201cI claim my part of the road and pretty much stay there.\"

At times, Paulos feels safer on RAGBRAI than she does on recreational trails in the Quad-Cities.

\"You're on open road, and everyone's going the same direction,\" she said.

Paulos, who does not take any medications, also is a member of the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild, and some of her friends in the group \"marvel\" at her bicycling ability.

Doing RAGBRAI takes a lot of grit, she said.\u00a0

\"It's absolute heaven to be out there on beautiful country roads, stopping under shade trees,\" Paulos said. \"Then, other days you wonder, 'Why am I out here?'\"\u00a0

Self-supported 'bike God\u2019

There is no shortage of beer at stops on RAGBRAI.

That may seem daunting for recovering alcoholics on the expedition, but it barely fazes Jonas Winn of Rock Island, who has 13 years of sobriety under his belt. Cravings, he said, hit him harder when he is alone or hanging out with just one of his buddies.

Pedaling above most of the field from the 5-foot-8 seat on his homemade tall bike, though, he has no need for intoxicating distractions.

\u201cMy goal is to have more fun than anybody else,\u201d said Winn, who runs an interior design and construction company. \u201cWherever the tall bike\u2019s at, there\u2019s a party there.\u201d

\"Jonas

On the last day of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa in 2015, Jonas Winn, now 31, of Rock Island, stopped for a picture on his homemade tall bike in Wilton.

This will be his third time on RAGBRAI with these wheels, which he fashioned with 1\u00bd Surly Long Haul Trucker frames. Standard Byke Co., Davenport, provided some welding assistance, but Winn, a 31-year-old married father of one, designed and assembled the final product, which includes a step to reach the top.

He lost his voice early on the last two times he deployed the tall bike on RAGBRAI because he was bombarded by fellow cyclists, who asked the following questions, among others:

\u2022 How do you get on that thing?

\u2022 Did you build it?

\u2022 How\u2019s the weather up there?

A piece of laminated paper with a list of answers to the most-asked inquires soon will be strapped to the back of his rig, \u201cSo I don\u2019t talk to every person that passes me,\u201d Winn said.

While others may chase and rely on liquid courage, he admitted to enjoying an ego boost from the attention his creation receives. \u201cYou\u2019re sort of like a bike god when people find out you\u2019re riding it the whole week,\u201d Winn said.

In 2011, the bearded and tattooed adventurer turned heads when he biked across the country from Seattle to Washington, D.C., on his tall bicycle. During RAGBRAI, Winn will be with four of his friends, all dads.

Known as \u201cbaggers,\u201d each member of the self-supported crew will haul his own clothes, tent, tools, water and a little bit of food in panniers.

Winn, who doubles as a survivalist, called it a thrilling experience.

\u201cIt\u2019s just more fun, and that\u2019s the whole point of RAGBRAI,\u201d he said.

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Here is the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service.

There's a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 78 degrees. West winds will gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight there's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low around 66 degrees. Northwest winds will gust as high as 25 mph.

Saturday will see a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 81 degrees and a low around 66 degrees. Winds will gust as high as 25 mph.

Nature's fury: At least 13 dead after boat capsizes on Missouri Lake during storm

\"Residents

A worker cleans up debris from the tornado damaged Marshall County Courthouse's tower Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Several buildings were damaged by a tornado in the main business district in town including the historic courthouse. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Nature's fury II: Watch multiple tornadoes hit Iowa

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\"Trump

President Donald Trump and his former attorney\u00a0Michael Cohen.

NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a possible payment to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with him, a person familiar with an investigation into the attorney told The Associated Press on Friday.

The president's current personal lawyer confirmed the conversation and said it showed Trump did nothing wrong, according to The New York Times, which first reported on the recording.

The FBI has the recording, which lawyer Michael Cohen made two months before Trump's 2016 election, according to the person who spoke to the AP. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing inquiry, said the payment was never made.

The FBI raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room in April amid an investigation into his business dealings, including any information on payments made in 2016 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. She says she had an affair with Trump in 2006. He denies it.

The Wall Street Journal revealed, days before the election, that the National Enquirer \u2014 run by Trump supporter David Pecker \u2014 had paid $150,000 to silence McDougal. At the time, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, \"We have no knowledge of any of this.\"

The Washington Post, citing a person familiar with the recording, said Friday the recording captured Trump and Cohen discussing an effort the attorney planned to make to buy the rights to McDougal's story for roughly $150,000 from the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times the Republican president did discuss the payments to McDougal with Cohen on the less than two-minute-long recording, but that the payment was never made.

Giuliani says Trump told Cohen that if he did make a payment, to do it by check so it could be documented.

\"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,\" Giuliani told the newspaper. \"In the big scheme of things, it's powerful exculpatory evidence.\"

Giuliani and Cohen haven't immediately responded to messages from The Associated Press. Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis declined to comment to the Times.

\"Karen

Karen McDougal in Los Angeles, California, on October 1, 2011. Photo: Glenn Francis,\u00a0PacificProDigital.com

McDougal's lawyer, Peter Stris, did not immediately respond to a message.

Cohen, a self-described fixer for Trump for more than a decade, said last year that he \"would take a bullet\" for Trump. But Cohen told an interviewer earlier this month that he now puts \"family and country first\" and won't let anyone paint him as \"a villain of this story.\"

Hours before the Times published its story, Cohen met in New York Friday morning with the Rev. Al Sharpton, a frequent critic of Trump.

Cohen and Sharpton said in tweets they have known each other for 20 years. Cohen contacted the civil rights activist in recent weeks, longtime Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger said.

She said the two revisited conversations they'd had over the years when Cohen was Sharpton's conduit to Trump during clashes over race issues and over Trump's years of questioning the authenticity of former President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Cohen tweeted there's \"no one better to talk to!\" than Sharpton, who used his own Twitter account to advise readers: \"Stay tuned.\"

___

Tucker reported from Washington.

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On Iowa Politics is a weekly news and analysis podcast that aims to re-create the kinds of conversations that happen when you get political reporters from across Iowa together after the day\u2019s deadlines have been met.

The show features James Q. Lynch, Todd Dorman, Ed Tibbetts and Thomas Nelson.

The show was produced by\u00a0Max Freund and music heard in the podcast is courtesy of Copperhead and Emperors Club.

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\u00a0

\u00a0

Moline fire making sure they knocked out the blaze at Stashus off JD Road pic.twitter.com/tCF3dWGQnw

\u2014 Barb Ickes (@Barb_Ickes) July 20, 2018
More to follow.
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The Ride the Ducks tourist boats will be closed while the investigation into the deadly boat capsizing on Table Rock Lake is under investigation, the company said Friday.

The boats have been a Branson fixture for about 40 years, and got new owners in December when it was sold to Ripley Entertainment.

On its website bransonducks.com, Ride the Ducks posted a statement on Friday about Thursday night's tragedy that left 17 people dead during stormy weather.

\"We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that occurred at Ride The Ducks Branson. This incident has deeply affected all of us. Words cannot convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking.We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. Ride the Ducks will be closed for business while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community. Thank you for your support, and we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the families during this time.\"

Advertisements for the rides show photos and videos of passengers aboard the boats but not wearing life jackets. Sgt. Jason Pace of the Missouri Highway Patrol said state law requires that the vessels have one jacket for everyone on board and that the jackets be readily \"accessible,\" not stowed under a seat.

This video from Ride the Ducks social media page about two years ago, for instance, shows a packed boat of tourists on a leisurely ride on calm waters. Not a single person featured in the video is wearing a life jacket.

When Ripley bought the atttraction, it said that Ride the Ducks was a \"70-minute guided amphibious tour that takes guests through the scenic Ozarks on both land and water,\" a seasonal business that runs from March to November. The company operates 22 duck vehicles.

According to news reports tracing the history of the vehicles, the Duck\u00a0\u2014 or DUKW \u2014 was developed by General Motors in 1942 to give the Allied forces an edge during World War II. The vehicles transported U.S. troops, equipment and supplies by land and sea. The vehicles had a hollow airtight body for buoyancy and a single propeller for forward momentum. They began being used in tourism in the 1950s.

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A good Friday to all. Scattered showers are on tap for the Quad-Cities today while residents in central Iowa are assessing the damage after tornadoes injured at least 17 people on Thursday.

Here are the weather details from the National Weather Service.

1. Mostly cloudy and cooler

\"NWS:
NWS: Weather summary

Today there is a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 78 degrees. Winds will gust as high as 25 mph.

Tonight will bring a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low around 66 degrees. Northwest winds will gust as high as 25 mph.

For the weekend:

Saturday \u2014 There's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 81 degrees and a low around 66 degrees. Northwest winds will gust as high as 25 mph.

Sunday \u2014 There's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Skies will be partly sunny with a high near 81 degrees and a low around 64 degrees.

2. Geneseo teen dies in area quarry

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An officer with RiverStone Group, owner of the Cleveland (Ill.) Quarry, has confirmed there was a fatality at the facility Thursday.

Brian Dockery, vice president of governmental and community relations, said there was a trespassing incident there about 1:30 a.m. Thursday involving six subjects, and one person died.

\u201cNone were our employees,\u201d he said.

The deceased was Alex Williams, 19, of Geneseo, according to Henry County Coroner Melissa Watkins who pronounced Williams dead at the scene.

He said the Colona Fire Department was called to the scene, where the pit is more than 150 feet deep. He said he didn\u2019t know what area was involved, however. The Henry County Sheriff\u2019s Department is investigating and until that investigation is complete, he said he wouldn\u2019t be able to give details.

\u201cI\u2019m not aware of them myself at this time,\u201d he said.

Given notices to appear in court on misdemeanor trespassing charges were Loren Clark-Hoake, 20, of rural Coal Valley, and Samuel Murray, Travis Robertson, Brandon Ramos and Logan Ricketts, all 19 and of Geneseo, according to Capt. Kelan Wells of the sheriff\u2019s department.

RiverStone owns multiple quarries in three states, according to Dockery. He said he\u2019s been with the firm 38 years and didn\u2019t remember any fatalities. He said RiverStone has won numerous awards for safety, but it\u2019s dangerous when people who are unfamiliar with the quarry go there.

\u201cQuarries are just not a place for a person to go that\u2019s not aware of the settings, the area,\u201d he said.

3. Iowa tornadoes hit unexpectedly, causing damage and injuries

A flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.

Residents \u2014 and even weather forecasters \u2014 were taken by surprise Thursday as the tornadoes hit Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant. Ten people were injured in Marshalltown and seven at a factory near Pella, but no deaths were reported.

Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said forecasting models produced Thursday morning showed only a slight chance of strong thunderstorms later in the day.

Marshalltown, a city of 27,000 people about 50 miles northeast of Des Moines, appeared to have been hit the hardest. Brick walls collapsed in the streets, roofs were blown off buildings and the cupola of the historic courthouse tumbled 175 feet (53 meters) to the ground.

The only hospital in Marshalltown was damaged, spokeswoman Amy Varcoe said. All 40 of the patients at UnityPoint Health were being transferred to the health system's larger hospital in Waterloo as well as one in Grundy Center, she said.

Additional funnels were reported as the storm moved east of Des Moines past Altoona, Prairie City and Colfax.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rod Donavon said two primary storms spawned the series of tornadoes. One developed in the Marshalltown area, causing damage there, while the other started east of Des Moines and traveled through Bondurant and into Pella.

The exact number of tornadoes and their strength will be determined later. Read more.

\u2022 Photos: Tornado damage

4. Recognize this person? Police seek your help

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Car theft suspect

Authorities are asking the public's help in identifying the pictured person wanted in connection with a Davenport car theft.

Here's the CrimeStoppers of the Quad-Cities narrative:

\"On Friday, July 6 at about 1:35 a.m. units responded to a business located at 1201 E. Locust Street, in reference to a robbery and vehicle theft. The victim was inside the store and left his vehicle running. When he came outside the suspect was in his vehicle pulling out of the parking spot. The victim grabbed onto the car and was dragged across the parking lot toward Bridge Avenue. Once at Bridge Avenue the suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and not so kindly asked him to step away from the vehicle. The suspect then fled the scene. The suspect had arrived at the business with several other subjects in the pictured stolen vehicle.\"

The suspect was described as a male, 16-19 years old, about 5-feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds.

If you know who this person is or have any information about this crime, you asked urged to call CrimeStoppers at 309-762-9500 or submit a Web Tip. Do not approach this person. You do not have to give your name. CrimeStoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 and you can remain anonymous.

5. Dry Goods opens at NorthPark Mall Saturday

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Dry Goods, owned by Von Maur, will open a new location at Davenport's NorthPark Mall, part of a 12 store expansion of the brand.

Dry Goods, a boutique retailer owned by department store chain Von Maur, will open at NorthPark Mall in Davenport Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the store will showcase new fall apparel and offer free gifts with purchases. Dry Goods is located at NorthPark, 320 W. Kimberly Road, on the south side of the mall, between J.C. Penney and Barnes & Noble.\u00a0

In February, Von Maur announced it would open 12 new Dry Goods locations, including the first Quad-Cities store. Davenport-based Von Maur first introduced the brand in 2010 with a store in Aurora, Illinois.\u00a0

In a news release, Von Maur added \"Our merchandise assortment is perfect for young customers wanting to create a look inspired by the latest fashion trends.\"\u00a0

Dry Goods caters to young women with its ever-changing selection of apparel, accessories and gifts. The Dry Goods name was inspired by Von Maur's roots as a dry goods store in 1872 in downtown Davenport.

6. Big Story: Animals can pay it forward, too

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Kailynn Klingaman, 10, and her dad, Jeremy, help 1-year-old Ryland, all of Eldridge, pet a pony Monday, May 28, 2018, during a meet-and-greet at St. Ann's Church in the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, Long Grove, with animals from Down By the River sanctuary. Despite their often-dark backgrounds as abused animals, many of the sanctuary pets are therapy animals whose gentle spirits convey hope.

It is not uncommon to hear animal lovers say they buy Lottery tickets, because they would use their winnings to open an animal shelter.

Deb Wallace didn't play the Lottery.

The Long Grove woman knew she was setting herself up for considerable financial and physical challenges when she opened Down By the Creek.

A sanctuary for abused, neglected or otherwise unwanted companion animals, Down By the Creek supplies a varied collection of more than 100 pets with a safe and loving home.

The rescued and rehabbed animals then become ambassadors of their own good fortune, breeding the hope they find at Wallace's sanctuary during therapeutic visits to nursing homes and schools, among other places.

The tale of Wallace and her affectionate and oft-furry tenants is Sunday's Big Story. Check back later at qctimes.com for the rest of the story.

Today's photo gallery: Flurry of tornadoes sweeps through Iowa

A flurry of tornadoes that formed unexpectedly swept through central Iowa Thursday, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.

Updated photos: Flurry of tornadoes sweeps through Iowa
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CLEVELAND, Ill. \u2014 An officer with RiverStone Group, owner of the Cleveland Quarry, confirmed Thursday that there was a fatality at the facility overnight.

Brian Dockery, vice president of governmental and community relations, said there was a trespassing incident there about 1:30 a.m. Thursday involving six subjects, and one person died.

\u201cNone were our employees,\u201d he said.

The deceased was Alex Williams, 19, of Geneseo, according to Henry County Coroner Melissa Watkins who pronounced Williams dead at the scene.

He said the Colona Fire Department was called to the scene, where the pit is more than 150 feet deep. He said he didn\u2019t know what area was involved, however. The Henry County Sheriff\u2019s Department is investigating and until that investigation is complete, he said he wouldn\u2019t be able to give details.

\u201cI\u2019m not aware of them myself at this time,\u201d he said.

Given notices to appear in court on misdemeanor trespassing charges were Loren Clark-Hoake, 20, of rural Coal Valley, and Samuel Murray, Travis Robertson, Brandon Ramos and Logan Ricketts, all 19 and of Geneseo, according to Capt. Kelan Wells of the sheriff\u2019s department.

RiverStone owns multiple quarries in three states, according to Dockery. He said he\u2019s been with the firm 38 years and didn\u2019t remember any fatalities. He said RiverStone has won numerous awards for safety, but it\u2019s dangerous when people who are unfamiliar with the quarry go there.

\u201cQuarries are just not a place for a person to go that\u2019s not aware of the settings, the area,\u201d he said.

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The Trump administration said Thursday that it has reunified 364 children ages 5 and older with their families after they were separated at the border, still leaving hundreds to go before a court-imposed deadline a week away.

The Justice Department reaffirmed in a court filing that it has identified 2,551 children who may be covered by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw's order. More than 900 are either \"not eligible or not yet known to the eligible,\" the vast majority of them undergoing evaluation to verify parentage and ensure the children are safe.

ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said he was concerned about the high number of children who have not been cleared for reunification.

The administration and the American Civil Liberties Union are due back in court Friday for the fifth time in two weeks as the judge holds tightly to a July 26 deadline for all children to be reunified. He set an earlier deadline of July 10 for dozens of children under 5.

The government has identified eight U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement locations to reunify children 5 and older, and people have been getting released throughout the Southwest this week.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are taking the lead on helping families that have been released into the U.S. Faith-based groups provide food, clothing, legal aid and often money for a bus or a plane ticket, usually for them to join relatives across the country.

Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, has served dozens of families. The shelter's director, Ruben Garcia, said \"the actual reunification process is a logistical nightmare.\"

On Monday, the judge put a temporary hold on deporting parents while the government prepares a response to the ACLU's request for parents to have at least one week to decide whether to pursue asylum in the U.S. after they are reunited with their children.

What's it like for immigrant kids in detention?

\u2014\u2014\u2014

Merchant reported from Houston.

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Baseball

Iowa state tournament

Class 1A

Today's games

11 a.m. -- Mason City Newman (37-1) vs. Tri-Center (21-2)

1:30 p.m. -- Martensdale-St. Marys (36-6) vs. Council Bluffs St. Albert (31-9)

Saturday's games

11 a.m. -- Lisbon (34-0) vs. Don Bosco (25-8)

1:30 p.m. -- North Linn (40-3) vs. Remsen St. Mary's (27-3)

Class 2A

Monday's games

11 a.m. -- Iowa City Regina (27-7) vs. Treynor (19-13)

1:30 p.m. -- Van Meter (29-8) vs. Alta/Aurelia (20-4)

5 p.m. -- Estherville-Lincoln Central (25-3) vs. Centerville (24-7)

7:30 p.m. -- Wilton (25-5) vs. Denver (18-13)

Class 3A

Tuesday's games

11 a.m. -- Davenport Assumption (31-10) vs. Bondurant-Farrar (17-15)

1:30 p.m. -- Sioux City Heelan (31-10) vs. Solon (32-10)

5 p.m. -- Carlisle (33-7) vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (33-7)

7:30 p.m. -- Harlan (31-3) vs. Boone (24-8)

Class 4A

Wednesday's games

11 a.m. -- West Des Moines Valley (27-15) vs. Waukee (29-11)

1:30 p.m. -- Johnston (34-5) vs. Cedar Rapids Washington (25-17)

5 p.m. -- North Scott (28-10) vs. Western Dubuque (33-9)

7:30 p.m. -- Urbandale (33-6) vs. Marshalltown (20-18)\u00a0

Wamac All-Conference team

First team \u2014 Pitcher -- Sam Goodman, jr., Western Dubuque; Lucas Bixby, jr., Central DeWitt. Catcher -- Calvin Harris, so., Western Dubuque. Infield -- Luke Ira, Solon; Jackson Bennett, sr., Beckman; Jarod Harris, sr., West Delaware; Devon Hurdle, jr., Central Dewitt; Outfield -- Kendrick Harris, sr., Solon; Kyle Lehmann, jr., Western Dubuque; Spencer Wegmann, sr., Solon. Utility -- Joel Vaske, Beckman; Nick Casey, jr., West Delaware; Cam Miller, so., Solon\u00a0

Second team\u00a0\u2014 Pitcher -- Zach Bierman, jr., Western Dubuque; Connor McDermott, sr., Beckman. Catcher -- Adam Bock, jr., Solon. Infield -- Cam Steffens, sr., Central Dewitt; Tyler Elliott, jr., Mt. Vernon; Payton Bandy, sr., Solon; Sawyer Nauman. fr., Western Dubuque. Outfield -- Luke Anderson, so., Central Dewitt; Owen Grover, jr., Beckman; Trevor O'Reilly, sr., West Delaware. Utility -- Tyler Linderbaum, sr., Solon; Zach Wegmann, sr., Solon; Garrett Finley, jr., Central Dewitt

Honorable mention \u2014 Lucas Walker, so., Solon; Ryan Geistkemper, jr., Solon; Brock Marbach, jr., Beckman; Nate Funke, sr., Beckman; Dunston Werner, sr., West Delaware; Ben Ridenour, jr., West Delaware; Jake Swanson, jr.,\u00a0 Central Dewitt; Alex McAleer, so., Central Dewitt; Kane Kopp, jr., Maquoketa; Kannon Coakley, fr., Maquoketa; Ryan Gasper, sr., Western Dubuque; Damon Jaeger, jr., Western Dubuque; Tyson Dew, sr., Mt. Vernon; Matt Martin, jr., Mt. Vernon

Coach of the year -- Casey Bryant, Western Dubuque

Softball

Iowa state tournament\u00a0

at Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge

Class 1A

Thursday's championship

Collins-Maxwell 1, AGWSR 0

Thursday's third-place game

Lisbon 9, Akron-Westfield 7

Class 2A

Thursday's championship

Louisa-Muscatine 4, Iowa City Regina 3

Thursday's third-place game

Des Moines Christian 6, Central Springs 2

Class 3A\u00a0

Today's championship

Davenport Assumption (38-3) vs. Roland-Story (30-4), 3:30 p.m.

Today's third-place game

Humboldt (31-4) vs. Albia (32-5), 2:30 p.m.\u00a0

Class 4A

Today's championship

ADM, Adel (35-7) vs. Des Moines Hoover (21-7), 5:45 p.m.

Today's third-place game

Newton (25-8) vs. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (24-14), 4:45 p.m.

Class 5A

Today's championship

Pleasant Valley (35-7) vs. Indianola (36-3), 8 p.m.

Today's third-place game

Cedar Rapids Jefferson (35-9) vs. West Des Moines Valley (32-10), 7 p.m.

Louisa-Muscatine 4, Iowa City Regina 3

Iowa City Regina;003;000;0;--;3;6;1

Louisa-Muscatine;100;100;2;--;4;10;1

Katie Bracken and Maeve Dunne. Isabelle True, Hailey Sanders (4) and Katie Hearn. WP -- Sanders (10-2). LP -- Bracken (17-14). Two or more hits -- Regina, Katie Bracken; L-M, Sanders 3, McKenna Hohenadel. 2B -- L-M, Mallory Hohenadel, Brynn Jeambey. HR -- L-M, True. RBI -- Regina, Lauren Marth 2, Paisley Gardner; L-M, True, Hailey Sanders, Kylee Sanders.\u00a0\u00a0

Records: Regina 25-16; Louisa-Muscatine 38-6

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FORT DODGE, Iowa\u00a0\u2014 Hailey Sanders did not even want to touch first base.

As her base hit found the hole into left field to score sister Kylee for the championship run late Thursday night, the Louisa-Muscatine pitcher had one thought on her mind.

\"I just wanted to turn around and hug my teammates,\" she said.

Down a run to defending state champion Iowa City Regina, third-ranked L-M pulled off a seventh-inning rally to clip Regina 4-3 in the Class 2A title game at the Rogers Sports Complex.

\"This feeling is so unreal,\" Hailey Sanders said. \"At the beginning of the season, this seemed so far away. To do it with this group of girls is magical.\"

A magical rally resulted in a magical season.\u00a0\u00a0

It was L-M's first state championship and prevented Regina from its third title in four years.\u00a0

This was L-M's first trip to the state tournament. It won all three games by a run\u00a0\u2014 Wilton (3-2), Central Springs (2-1) and Regina (4-3).\u00a0

\"There were some underlying nerves for sure going into the seventh, but we have trust and faith in each other we're going to come through,\" junior Maddie Mashek said. \"We've been behind before and come back to win games.\"

No. 8 hitter Brynn Jeambey ripped a double to right-center to lead off the seventh. After Mallory Hohenadel bunted her to third, Kylee Sanders\u00a0\u2014 yet to have a hit in the state tournament\u00a0\u2014 punched a clean single to left field to tie the game.

\"She was due,\" L-M coach Bryan Butler said of Kylee, who hit better than .500 during the season. \"The law of averages prove it was a matter of time.\"

McKenna Hohenadel followed with a single to put two aboard. Katie Koppe flew out to right, but the runners each moved up a base.

With second and third and two outs, Regina (25-16) elected to intentionally walk cleanup hitter Isabelle True.\u00a0

\"I turned to Hailey's sister (Kylee on third base) and said, 'Thank you,'\" Butler said. \"Hailey Sanders is one of the best hitters in the state.\"

Already with two hits in the game, Hailey Sanders hit Katie Bracken's 1-2 offering between third and shortstop into left field for the game winner.\u00a0

\"I got up there and was telling myself, 'Hey, I've been in pressure situations before -- not that kind of pressure -- but I've been doing this a long time, be confident, be calm and focus on base hits,'\" Sanders said.\u00a0

Then the celebration ensued.

Players and coaches jumped into each other's arms celebrating their crowning achievement.\u00a0

\"This means everything,\" Mashek said. \"We've been working our whole lives for this. We're so excited.\"

It looked bleak after three innings.

Regina strung together three runs in the third inning without hitting the ball out of the infield. It had two infield singles, capitalized on two walks and a fielder's choice against True.\u00a0

\"We seem to always have one inning that hurts us,\" Butler said.\u00a0

Hailey Sanders, who pitched Wednesday's semifinal win, relieved True in the fourth. She pitched four innings, didn't allow a run and yielded just three hits.

\"I was ready, stay up for my team and positive,\" Sanders said. \"Everybody was kind of getting down.\"\u00a0

True homered in the fourth to bring L-M within a run.\u00a0

The Falcons had an opportunity in the sixth, but stranded two baserunners.

They delivered in the seventh with four hits.\u00a0

\"I had a good feeling about it,\" Mashek said. \"Hailey has always been a clutch hitter. I just knew that was it. That was how it was meant to be finished.\"

True was named captain of the all-tournament team. Mashek and Hailey Sanders joined her on the 11-player team.\u00a0

The Falcons could be back for more next year. They have no seniors on their roster.

\"This is amazing for our program,\" Butler said. \"The goal was just to get to Fort Dodge this year, but our girls just continued to push. Everything after that was icing on the cake.

\"This gives our program a lot of momentum moving forward.\"

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Story updated at 9:30 p.m. with information from sheriff's press conference.\u00a0

NEAR BRANSON, Mo.\u00a0\u2022 Eight people are dead and an unknown number of others are missing after a tourist boat capsized on Table Rock Lake on Thursday night, the Stone County sheriff said.

Sheriff Doug Rader said that seven people were taken by ambulance from the scene where the Ride the Ducks boat sank.

\"It capsized and sank,\" Rader said of the tourist boat. He said the boat remained underwater late Thursday night.

He said the dead are believed to have drowned.

He added that the disaster had apparently been caused by a powerful storm that moved through.

Rader said an off-duty deputy from his department had been on the boat when it went under. He credited the deputy with rescuing some of the boat's passengers.

\"We do have some people still missing so this is going to be all night into the morning we're going to be working on this,\" the sheriff said.

People who had relatives on the boat were urged to go to Branson City Hall to await reports.

Pictures coming in from #Branson in the aftermath of the incident on Table Rock Lake in Branson. (ctsy. @kytv) pic.twitter.com/6Tqb8lofBv

— Mark Moseley (@KARKMark) July 20, 2018
\n\n

Officials with the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District\u00a0said at about 8:20 p.m. that crews from several agencies and divers were on scene.

Fire Protection District spokesman Eric Nielsen said the boat is submerged and cannot be seen from the surface.

The fire district said the Branson Belle showboat was being used in the rescue but was not involved.

The accident reportedly happened after a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through the area. Officials noted there was \"storm debris\" around the area.

Late Thursday, Gov. Mike Parson tweeted: \"Very sad to hear about this horrible accident\u00a0\u2014 prayers for all those involved and the first responders who are assisting.\"

This is a breaking story. Check back for details.

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Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer got it right 110 years ago.

Penning the words to Take Me Out to the Ball Game, the pair concluded, \u201cFor it\u2019s one, two, three strikes you\u2019re out at the old ball game.\u2019\u2019

The Quad-Cities River Bandits can relate.

Quad-Cities loaded the bases three times against South Bend on Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park and one, two, three times, the River Bandits\u00a0came away empty\u00a0during a 5-2 Midwest League loss.

It\u2019s a situation that has gotten a little \u201cold\u201d at the ballgame for Quad-Cities manager Mickey Storey.

\u201cGuys on second and third, bases loaded, it\u2019s been a struggle for us lately,\u2019\u2019 Storey said. \u201cWe\u2019re like 0-for-our-last-24 with the bases loaded. Sooner or later, that has to turn around.\u2019\u2019

Stranding 12 runners in the game, Quad-Cities batters went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Thursday\u2019s loss and have now collected just 12 hits in their last 98 at-bats in that scenario.

\u201cYou can\u2019t over-emphasize it. Guys know it\u2019s been tough for us lately with runners in scoring position and all we can do is keep working at, stay aggressive,\u2019\u2019 Storey said. \u201cIt\u2019s not like we\u2019re going to lay down a bunt with the bases loaded. At least, I don\u2019t think we will.\u2019\u2019

The River Bandits came away empty after loading the bases with one out in the second and fourth innings and were denied in the sixth in a two-out situation when David Hensley lined out to shortstop.

\u201cThat was about as close as we got in those situations. He hit it hard, but right at their guy,\u2019\u2019 Storey said. \u201cThat\u2019s the way it\u2019s gone.\u2019\u2019

South Bend mustered just four hits in the game, all off of reliever Leovanny Rodriguez after starter Cesar Rosado worked five hitless innings.

The Cubs celebrated Rosado\u2019s departure from the game by collecting three of their runs in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with two singles and a walk before Zach Davis dribbled a grounder toward first base.

Colton Shaver\u2019s throw to the plate arrived in time for the force out, but catcher Michael Papierski couldn\u2019t squeeze the mitt and as the ball squirted toward the backstop, Clayton Daniel and Rafael Narea scored.

\u201cRosado gave us a phenomenal start and Rodriguez threw well after his first inning, but the sixth, that was the game,\u2019\u2019 Storey said. \u201cLeovanny loaded them up, got the ground ball he needed but we\u2019ve got to catch the throw there.\u2019\u2019

Chris Singleton broke the 2-2 tie, scoring the deciding run as Christian Donahue grounded into a double play.

The Cubs, who extended their lead on a two-run home run by Austin Upshaw in the eighth, rallied after the River Bandits opened a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

Quad-Cities took a lead when Alfredo Angarita led off with his first home run since going deep against a Rays affiliate in the Domincan Summer League on June 14, 2016.

The River Bandits' lead reached 2-0 when Chandler Taylor split the gap in right center with a two-out double which scored Seth Beer, who had reached on a single.

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The $1,000 annual dental benefit maximum will be implemented for every adult Medicaid member ages 21 and older \u2014 including those members who receive coverage through fee-for-service and the Dental Wellness Plan \u2014 starting Sept. 1.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":4,"commentID":"a3d0e451-db1a-539f-b661-beec99c96329","body":"

State officials said Thursday a cap on dental benefits for Iowa Medicaid members will be delayed until the beginning of September.

The $1,000 annual dental benefit maximum will be implemented for every adult Medicaid member ages 21 and older \u2014 including those members who receive coverage through fee-for-service and the Dental Wellness Plan \u2014 starting Sept. 1.

Members will be subject to the cap on services through June 30, 2019.

There are 301,348 members in the Dental Wellness Plan, said Department of Human Services spokesman Matt Highland.

\u201cThis delay will allow a sufficient amount of time for the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise to identify and test program requirements for the dental carriers,\u201d Highland said. \u201cThese requirements will ensure the member\u2019s dental plan has the most current annual benefit maximum claims calculation to share with providers.\u201d

The benefit maximum previously was set to begin July 1.

The limit does not include preventive, diagnostic or emergency dental services, as well as anesthesia in conjunction with oral surgery and fabrication of dentures, according to the previous DHS announcement.

The cap would not include services such as annual checkups, cleanings, X-rays and fluoride treatments.

This decision comes nearly a month after the University of Iowa College of Dentistry program announced it no longer would accept new adult patients covered by Iowa\u2019s Dental Wellness Plan, dental coverage for Medicaid patients by private insurers Delta Dental and MCNA Dental.

\u201cThe University of Iowa is planning to move forward as previously communicated,\u201d university spokesman Anne Bassett said Thursday.

The state\u2019s only dental college called it quits at the beginning of this month due to concerns over recent changes to the dental program, including the $1,000 cap on dental services and reimbursement rates \u201cso low for many procedures that they do not cover the actual lab costs.\u201d

\u201cThe management of the Dental Wellness Plan program has become so complicated that we no longer have the ability or resources to effectively oversee additional Dental Wellness Plan patients,\u201d said Michael Kanellis, the college\u2019s associate dean for patient care, in an email to Iowa Medicaid Enterprises.

It was similar concerns that led Dr. Thomas Grimes, a private practice dentist based in Marion, no longer to accept Dental Wellness Plan members beginning in January of this year. He still sees children covered by Medicaid, he said.

Grimes opted to stop seeing those patients after he said state health officials lowered the reimbursement rates for services such as cleanings and exams, which wellness plan patients must have to meet their coverage requirements.

\u201cIt was just one of those things where we were going to be non-profitable,\u201d Grimes said.

For more information on the Dental Wellness Plan, go to dhs.iowa.gov/dental-wellness-plan.

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Tremayne Thomas vehemently denied killing his longtime friend, Brandon Brooks, during an interview with two Davenport Police detectives on May 31, 2017.

\u00a0Just one day earlier, the body of Brooks was found on fire in front of a home at 3010 W. Denison Ave. The 35-year-old father of two had been beaten and shot before his body was set on fire.

\u00a0\u201cI never put my hands on that man, I didn\u2019t do that,\u201d Thomas told detectives Brian Morel and Errol Walker in an interview room at the Davenport Police Department. \u201cI didn\u2019t take him nowhere, I didn\u2019t dump him, I didn\u2019t do none of that.\u201d

\u00a0\u201cBut who did?\u201d Morel asked

\u00a0\u201cI didn\u2019t,\u201d Thomas replied.

\u00a0A video of the interview was played Thursday afternoon on the third day of testimony in his trial in Scott County District Court.

Thomas, 43, of Davenport, is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse in Brooks\u2019 death.

\u00a0He was charged in late June 2017 after results from the state crime lab showed that Brooks\u2019 blood was found in his apartment at 3536 Heatherton Drive and in his work truck.

\u00a0Walker testified Thursday that video surveillance from a home on West Denison Avenue showed a similar type truck with a topper drive away from the direction of the home where Brooks was found around 4:12 a.m.

\u00a0Police were dispatched to the area around 4:29 a.m. after a witness reported seeing two fires near each other. An officer testified earlier this week that he smelled the faint odor of gasoline when he responded to the scene.

\u00a0At 3:45 a.m. May 30, 2017, surveillance video captured at 3240 Heatherton Drive showed Thomas pull up in a van and go inside the building to retrieve a gas can from a maintenance room.

\u00a0Thomas did maintenance work around apartments on Heatherton Drive.

\u00a0Brooks\u2019 blood also was found in the van.

\u00a0Thomas was taken into custody on May 31, 2017, on an unrelated matter and was interviewed as part of the homicide investigation.

\u00a0Thomas told the detectives that he had known Brooks for 17 years and said he was a \u201ccool guy\u201d who kept to himself.

\u00a0Court records show that Brooks was released from the Scott County Jail, where he was awaiting trial on a burglary charge, on May 25, 2017. Prosecutors dismissed the charge when a key witness in the case could not be located.

\u00a0Thomas was later charged as a co-defendant in that case. The case has since been dismissed.

\u00a0Thomas told the detectives that Brooks \u201cpopped up out of nowhere\u201d on May 29, 2017, and said he had gotten out of jail early.

\u00a0Thomas said Brooks said he was going to go to Walmart to buy a bicycle and would come back.

\u00a0Several officers testified this week that they located the bicycle chained up outside Thomas\u2019 apartment building.

\u00a0At some point while outside Thomas\u2019 apartment building, Brooks argued with someone on the phone about clothes, Thomas told the detectives. He said he didn\u2019t know who Brooks was talking to and said he left after that.

\u00a0Thomas said he didn\u2019t know what time Brooks left. He said he and his girlfriend and several others drank at her Heatherton Drive apartment until the early morning hours.

\u00a0He said he later heard from a friend that Brooks was killed. Thomas said he didn\u2019t know who would want to hurt Brooks but said he had a \u201cmouth.\u201d

\u00a0When asked by Morel about a stain on his carpet, Thomas said he had been sleeping and a candle had dropped to the floor and set his comforter on fire. He showed the detectives a burn scar on his arm and estimated that the incident happened at least a week earlier.

\u00a0As the detectives continued to press him on a timeline of the night, Thomas said over and over again that he didn\u2019t kill Brooks nor did he know who did.

\u00a0\u201cNothing he can do to make me that mad,\u201d Thomas told the detectives. \u201cHe too little for me; if anything, I would just catch him and just beat him the (expletive) up, you know what I\u2019m saying. I did not kill that man.\u201d

\u00a0He further told the detectives that if he had killed someone, he would have left them \u201cwhere the (expletive) you at\u201d and wouldn\u2019t have moved the body.

\u00a0\u201cI\u2019m not putting no gas, burning no body up,\u201d he told the detectives. \u201cYou know, if it was me, I would have burnt the whole (expletive) house down.\u201d

\u00a0Morel told Thomas that he never said that Brooks' body was set on fire.

\u00a0\u201cHow else do you get on fire?\u201d Thomas said.

The remainder of the interview video will be played for jurors Friday.

The case is being tried by Assistant Scott County Attorney Amy DeVine and Caleb Copley. Thomas is represented by Public Defender Derek Jones.

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Trump administration officials are telling Sen. Joni Ernst they expect to reach agreement on a trade deal with Mexico \u201csoon, very soon.\u201d

Ernst said she has spoken to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, the U.S. trade representative and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue about the impact of tariffs and a trade war are having on farm commodity prices, and they have expressed optimism that progress is being made.

But \u201cyou can\u2019t take optimism to the bank,\u201d Ernst said she told administration officials. \u201cWe have to see it in our market prices.\u201d

Even if trade agreements are reached, the Iowa Republican said on a Thursday conference call with Iowa reporters, it won\u2019t be Canada, Mexico and the United States \u201cin one big happy NAFTA package.\u201d Instead, it likely will be bilateral trade agreements.

Resolving trade differences with China will take more time, she said, because there are more differences to address.

\u201cThey are bad, bad actors when it comes to trade with United States,\u201d Ernst said.

RUSSIA

China isn\u2019t the only bad actor, however, according to Ernst, who said she doesn\u2019t trust Russian President Vladimir Putin \u201cany farther than I can throw him.\u201d

\u201cIt doesn\u2019t get much simpler than that,\u201d Ernst said, expressing concern about Trump\u2019s \u201cmissed opportunity\u201d to confront Putin in Helsinki about Russian interference in U.S. elections.

\u201cThe president needs to be very clear going forward that America is the most important and powerful nation on the face of this planet, and we won\u2019t be pushed around by Russia,\u201d the Iowa Republican said. \u201cEverything (Russia) will do in the future is only to undermine the United States of America and other democratic countries.\u201d

However, Ernst did not call for bringing the president\u2019s translator before Congress to testify about the two-hour meeting between Trump and Putin.

Presidents, she said, need to have some autonomy in dealing with foreign leaders.

Speaking earlier on MSNBC\u2019s \u201cMorning Joe,\" Ernst said that if it is necessary to hear from the translator, it should be intelligence agencies, \u201cknowing the context of the conversations,\u201d that should conduct that interview.

She also pushed back against suggestions that majority Republicans have abdicated their responsibility for foreign policy. Ernst argued the GOP-led Congress has been more aggressive providing support for Ukraine and sanctioning Russia than the Obama administration.

FARM BILL

Ernst is lobbying to be a member of the House-Senate conference committee that will iron out differences in the farm bill.

However, if the House is not in session in August, that could throw a wrench in completing the package before the current farm bill expires at the end of September.

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Davenport has a new director for its Parks and Recreation department.

Chad Dyson, a Quad-City native and the current recreation superintendent in the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, has been tapped to lead the Davenport Parks and Recreation Department by City Administrator Corri Spiegel.

Spiegel made her announcement Thursday.

\u201cChad has achieved a strong record of accomplishments throughout his 18 years of management experience in public parks and recreation which makes him a great fit for the city of Davenport,\u201d Spiegel said in a news release. \u201cHis broad knowledge and depth of experience makes him uniquely qualified for this highly visible leadership position. We are looking forward to the expertise and ideas that he will bring to Davenport and our widely recognized and diverse parks system.\u201d

Dyson joined the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department in June 2010. His duties include overseeing the operations and programs for the recreation division, facility operations for the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, Mercer Park Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gym, City Park Pool, and Iowa City\u2019s sports fields.

He has more than 18 years of management experience in public parks and recreation. Prior to joining the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, Dyson served as the superintendent of recreation for the Westmont (Illinois) Park District.

\u201cI am excited and honored at this tremendous opportunity to lead an outstanding parks department,\u201d Dyson said. \u201cI am looking forward to working with the city of Davenport team to further enhance the parks system and the experiences that are offered and enjoyed.\u201d

Dyson holds a bachelor\u2019s degree in sports, health, leisure, and physical studies from the University of Iowa, and a master\u2019s degree in recreation administration from Aurora (Illinois) University.

He completed the Community Leadership Program of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce in 2017.

Dyson and his wife, Erin, have four children, Cade, Hayden, Jace and Beckham.

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CLEVELAND, Ill. \u2014 An officer of RiverStone Group, owner of the Cleveland Quarry, confirmed Thursday that there was a fatality at the facility overnight.

Brian Dockery, vice president of governmental and community relations, said there was a trespassing incident at the quarry about 1:30 a.m. Thursday involving six subjects, and one person died.

\u201cNone were our employees,\u201d he said.

The deceased was Alex Williams, 19, of Geneseo, according to Henry County Coroner Melissa Watkins who pronounced Williams dead at the scene.

He said the Colona fire department was called to the scene, where the pit is more than 150 feet deep. He said he didn't know what area was involved, however. The Henry County Sheriff's Department is investigating and until that investigation is complete, he said he wouldn't be able to give details.

\u201cI'm not aware of them myself at this time,\u201d he said.

Given notices to appear in court on misdemeanor trespassing charges were Loren Clark-Hoake, 20, of rural Coal Valley, and Samuel Murray, Travis Robertson, Brandon Ramos and Logan Ricketts, all 19 and of Geneseo, according to Capt. Kelan Wells of the sheriff's department.

RiverStone owns multiple quarries in three states, according to Dockery. He said he's been with the firm 38 years and didn't remember any fatalities.

\u201cQuarries are just not a place for a person to go that's not aware of the settings, the area,\u201d he said.

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ROCK ISLAND \u2014 Director Cory Johnson has taught theater at St. Ambrose University for nearly 30 years, but she's learned a thing or two about her art and craft from Augustana College students Keenan and Tristan Odenkirk.

The articulate, energetic brothers \u2014 Keenan graduated this year with a degree in computer science and theater, and Tristan is heading into his junior year majoring in theater and business management \u2014 have worked closely with Johnson in the Mississippi Bend Players, a summer-stock company, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

\u201cI found both of them to be very different in their approach, equally pleasant and inspirational,\u201d said Johnson, who led MBP's current production of \u201cThe Glass Menagerie,\u201d in which Keenan plays Jim, and last summer's \u201cBrighton Beach Memoirs,\u201d in which Tristan starred as Eugene. \u201cThey're really thinking actors. They bring ideas to the table; it's not, 'Just tell me what to do.' \"

The brothers are sons of a 1983 Augie graduateof famed film and TV actor Bob Odenkirk (\u201cBetter Call Saul,\u201d \u201cBreaking Bad\u201d).

Keenan and Tristan are among 12 full-time summer interns for MBP, a professional company based at Brunner Theatre Center at Augustana, and they plan to make acting a career.

\u201cKeenan is moving to Chicago; he's got it in his blood,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cTheir family history says it can be done.\u201d

\u201cTheir comic timing together is kind of without rival,\u201d she said of the young men, who were cast in June's MBP production of \u201cBig River.\u201d

Bob Odenkirk, an Emmy-winning 55-year-old native of the Chicago suburb of Naperville, has told the boys: \u201cIf you can do something other than this (acting) -- and this was advice to anyone -- unless you have a passion for this that is so overpowering for you personally, if you can do anything else and be happy, do that other thing,\u201d Keenan recalled recently.

\u201cI've taken that very seriously. I got two majors and two minors in college, and I spread myself out as far as I could.\u201d

\u201cIn terms of my expectations of getting roles, having to fight for my own reputation and success, I don't expect a leg up,\u201d he said of family connections. \u201cI don't think I'll end up getting one, frankly. At the end of the day, we didn't get into this because we thought it would be easier than becoming an accountant or whatever. We did it because we have a passion and a pride in it.\u201d

\u201cIf you're not going to end up trying to do what you want to do, what's the point in doing anything else?\u201d Tristan said, noting he wants to pursue film.

Independent of the influence of their two Hollywood uncles -- the other, Bill Odenkirk, is an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer for \u201cThe Simpsons\u201d and \u201cFuturama\u201d -- the brothers acted in many Shakespeare plays in grade school and got hooked.

\u201cHe's a huge inspiration to us,\u201d Keenan said of Bob, who first found fame as a writer, for \"Saturday Night Live,\" Ben Stiller, and \u201cMr. Show With Bob and David\u201d in the '90s.

\u201cWatching his comedy now, in my opinion, it was way ahead of his time,\u201d Tristan said. \u201cIt's brilliant. He produced the 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show' on Adult Swim, which is popular with people my age.\u201d

Bob Odenkirk has played attorney Saul Goodman for several years, starting as a secondary role in \u201cBreaking Bad,\u201d from 2009-2013, and now as star of the spinoff \u201cBetter Call Saul,\u201d which has aired since 2015.

\u201cFor all of his silliness and nonsense he shows during 'Breaking Bad,' you see under his veneer the personality he's hiding,\u201d Keenan said. \u201cThat makes him aggressively compelling.\u201d

\u201cHis film acting in many ways has been very good,\u201d Tristan said, citing \u201cNebraska\u201d (2013) and \u201cThe Post\u201d (2017). Bob supplied the voice of Winston this summer in Pixar's blockbuster \u201cIncredibles 2,\u201d and co-wrote and starred in a Netflix original movie, \u201cGirlfriend's Day,\u201d last year.

Tristan is equally admiring of his middle brother. Their older sibling, Alex, also graduated from Augie in 2015. He's into cross-country, math and stand-up comedy, but not theater.

\u201cKeenan's dedication to this has paved a path for me to succeed,\u201d said Tristan, who starred as Dr. Givings early this year in Sarah Ruhl's period drama, \u201cIn the Next Room or the vibrator play.\" \u201cA great deal of Keenan's drive and success at this is his work ethic, being able to sit down and really think about a show. Whereas I tend to step in and discover it as I go along.\u201d

In 2015, Keenan won a Kennedy Center Festival award for Augie's production of \"A Green River.\u201d And this past winter, he performed in two regions for the festival (St. Ambrose and Augie compete in different regions), working toward an Irene Ryan acting scholarship.

Out of 300-plus students in each region, Keenan earned second place for one region and third place in the other. He got a National Partners of American Theatre Classical Acting Award for the Illinois region for a performance of a monologue from Shakespeare's \u201cMuch Ado About Nothing.\"

At the Kennedy Center Festival, Keenan and Tristan did a scene together from the new play \u201cBeginner's Luck.\u201d They will act in the MBP world premiere of the show. Directed by Augie graduate Phil McKinley, it will open Aug. 3. It was written by PJ Lasker of TV's \u201cGolden Girls\u201d and \u201cBarney Miller\u201d fame.

The two will play different personalities of the same man, a former child actor now on the skids, divorced and looking for work, with a kid of his own.

The roles reflect Keenan's and Tristan's actual characters -- Keenan will play the \u201cadult part of his brain,\u201d he said, and \u201cTristan is the child part of the brain, his obsession with fame and being the center of attention.\u201d

\u201cHe's more a worrier, and I'm more relaxed,\u201d Tristan said. \u201cHe pushes me to work harder. I'm more open to taking chances, having fun with it.\u201d

\u201cI'm big into creating an environment where it can be fostered, built over time,\u201d Keenan said. \u201cHe is explosive with it. The second there's just a little bit of inspiration, he'll be on it aggressively. He just rockets forward.\u201d

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IOWA CITY \u2014\u00a0Toren Young sees only one direction for a relatively inexperienced group of Iowa running backs to move as they prepare for fall camp.

\u201cForward,\u2019\u2019 Young said, describing not only the progress he believes the Hawkeye backs are making this summer but also his preferred style of running.

The 5-foot-11, 221-pound sophomore brings a physical, north-south approach to the Hawkeye backfield and he welcomes the internal competition he faces as Iowa works to replace the combined 1,505 yards Akrum Wadley and James Butler covered on the ground last season.

\u201cIt\u2019s building us all up, getting us ready to go,\u2019\u2019 Young said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a good group of backs here and we all like to compete. We\u2019re getting after it pretty good every day, pushing each other to become better.\u2019\u2019

Young rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman, carrying 45 times.

The only other running back on the Iowa roster with game experience is sophomore Ivory Kelly-Martin, who gained 184 yards and rushed for three scores as a true freshman last season.

They are not the only backs competing for playing time.

Mekhi Sargent, a transfer from Iowa Western Community College with three years of eligibility remaining, joined the Hawkeye program this summer after earning first-team all-American honors at the junior college level while rushing for 1,449 yards last fall.

Young said Sargent has quickly fit in.

\u201cHe introduced himself when he got here and I found out he was living next door to me so I\u2019ve had him over a few times and we\u2019ve played some Madden,\u2019\u2019 Young said, referencing a football video game. \u201cHe\u2019s going to fit right in.\u2019\u2019

Sargent joins redshirt freshman Kyshaun Bryan and true freshmen Henry Geil and Samson Evans in the mix at running back as Iowa prepares to open fall camp in less than two weeks.

\u201cOur group is growing a lot. It\u2019s been good getting to know the other guys and getting to work with them,\u2019\u2019 Young said. \u201cThey\u2019re all competitive guys and that\u2019s a good thing. We\u2019re going to make each other better and the coaches, they\u2019ll play whoever can do the job.\u2019\u2019

Young is preparing to be that guy.

The Monona Grove, Wisconsin, native has spent the past two years preparing for this opportunity and while he\u2019s only a sophomore, he\u2019s been given the nickname of \u201cold man\u2019\u2019 from the youngsters who fill Iowa\u2019s running back room.

He believes he is ready to handle whatever workload comes his way this fall, saying time spent with Hawkeye strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Doyle has prepared him well.

Young said he would have no problems carrying the ball 15-to-20 times per game if needed.

\u201cCoach Doyle puts us through a great program,\u2019\u2019 Young said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a lot of position-specific stuff that we do to get ready. The other part of it is just taking care of your body.\u2019\u2019

Young has maintained his weight while improving his time in the shuttle drills and 10-yard sprint, but he still sees room for growth.

\u201cIt\u2019s the basics that come with experience, pass blocking, route running, my vision in how I see things on the field, being patient, those are all areas where I know I can become better,\u2019\u2019 Young said. \u201cSome of it is experience, getting game reps, some of it is just gaining the consistency that I know I\u2019ll need to fit in.\u2019\u2019

That \u201cfit\u2019\u2019 is important.

\u201cIt\u2019s how you connect with the other 10 guys on the field,\u2019\u2019 Young said. \u201cThat\u2019s a big part of it. We all have to be on the same page and that includes me.\u2019\u2019

Still, improved speed and strength gains play a role.

\u201cI was on the field enough last season to see that,\u2019\u2019 Young said. \u201cWhen you\u2019re going up against another Big Ten team, you need to be strong and tough and fast and smart.\u2019\u2019

As has been the case the past two seasons when the Hawkeyes have featured multiple backs, Young suspects that approach won\u2019t change this fall in Brian Ferentz\u2019s second season as Iowa\u2019s offensive coordinator.

\u201cGuys get banged up all the time and we\u2019re going to need as many guys as we can get in here,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got a good group and we need each other.\u2019\u2019

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DES MOINES\u00a0\u2014 Kim Reynolds raised less than half of her challenger\u2019s haul, but she still has the financial edge as the race to become Iowa\u2019s next governor gets underway.

Iowa candidates for statewide and legislative offices were required to file campaign fundraising reports Thursday. The fundraising period covered roughly seven weeks, from May 30 to July 14.

Reynolds, the Republican incumbent governor, raised $1.2 million during the period, according to reports published Thursday by the state.

That is less than half of the $2.6 million raised by Fred Hubbell, the Democratic nominee for governor. The Hubbell campaign said that is a record for the period.

But Reynolds has more money sitting in her campaign account: $3.6 million to Hubbell\u2019s $1.9 million.

Reynolds did not face a primary challenger and, thus, did not have to spend as aggressively during the primary campaign.

Hubbell raised the $2.6 million in the latest period without donating any of his own money. The wealthy retired business executive poured nearly $3 million of his own money into his campaign while securing the Democratic nomination.

Hubbell did, during the latest period, receive nearly $21,000 from family members, including donations of $10,300 and $10,000 from siblings.

Hubbell and Reynolds already have proven to be prolific fundraisers. They raised about $12 million between them during the primary campaign.

Libertarian candidate Jake Porter raised roughly $3,700 during the period and has $1,500 remaining.

The national governor\u2019s groups are already heavily invested in the race. The Democratic Governors Association contributed $250,000 to Hubbell\u2019s campaign during the latest period. The Republican Governors Association donated $1.3 million to Reynolds\u2019 campaign in January.

Iowa\u2019s gubernatorial race this week was rated a toss-up by national political forecaster Sabato\u2019s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia\u2019s Center for Politics.

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\u00a0A Bettendorf man believes he and his wife were among people who had a bad experience recently trying to fly out of the Quad-City International Airport, Moline.

So he wanted to make sure the Rock Island County Metropolitan Airport Authority commissioners knew about it.

Greg Gackle not only spoke with the airport's executive director, Ben Leischner, about it, he addressed the board Tuesday.

On Saturday, June 16, Gackle arrived about an hour before his 6:05 a.m. flight departed. He immediately noticed the security check line extended outside of the security area.

Soon there were more than 20 people behind Gackle, some eventually pleading to get his and his wife\u2019s spots in line.

It would not have mattered as the Gackles did not make their flight, either.

\u201cIt was quite an unpleasant experience,\u201d said Gackle. He believed that between the regular security check point and the security pre-check point something could have been done to expedite things. Every few minutes one person would go through the pre-check, he said.

\u201cThey had the screener and they had another person and we had 100 people behind us waiting to get through,\u201d Gackle said. I called over the supervisor and said \u2018Why don\u2019t you open up a second line? It\u2019s right behind us,\u201d Gackle told the board. \u201cAs a matter of fact, the supervisor was sitting there at one of the screening spots.

\u201cHis response was \u2018You should buy a pre-check,\u2019 Gackle said. \u201cThat was it.\u201d

Gackle was clearly disappointed in the lack of customer service.

But he seemed pleased after talking to Leischner, who called him shortly after the meeting was over Tuesday.

\u201cHe has a very valid complaint,\u201d Leischner said. TSA (Transportation Security Administration) had three people call in sick that morning, he said. Additionally, Gackle did not show up two hours beforehand, which Leischner indicated will be a point of emphasis going forward.

\u201cWe do encourage, especially in the morning, to show up two hours before your flight,\u201d Leischner said.

But customer service is very important in Leischner\u2019s world, too.

And he\u2019s not going to just lay the blame at the feet of TSA, which he said his airport works with in more of a collaborative manner.

\u201cThey are willing to engage on finding solutions,\u201d Leischner said. \u201cI would say we don\u2019t necessarily have direct control over TSA. They offer a federal mandate, but we have a very strong relationship and are willing to collaborate on solutions.\u201d

Supplemental staffing or expanding check points are possible solutions, he indicated.

Whether more people do want to go with the pre-check method, which costs extra money and speeds up the check-in at security or not, Leischner said customer service is a big priority with him.

\u201cAbsolutely,\u201d he said. \u201cIt circles back to a lot of the discussion to being the right size community and the right size airport, where we are big enough to have great service to different locations where a lot of people want to fly and we are small enough where we can have a more personal touch and have a higher level of surface for user amenities or customer service,\u201d he said.

\u201cThat\u2019s something we are really going to work on really focusing on here in the future.\u201d

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Time begins to move slowly when plopped in what looks like the tiny, silent prison cell where anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela lived for 27 years.

When the door finally unlocks, a message appears on the screen telling the user, \"It's been 27 seconds.\"

It\u2019s no surprise to Daniel Coyle that, while experiencing it in virtual reality, or VR, that those 27 seconds feel very slow.

That\u2019s how Coyle and other developers at Victory VR, a Davenport-based company, designed the scene, which is part of a VR experience titled, \"Walking in Mandela\u2019s Footsteps.\"

\u201cIt\u2019s a very powerful moment,\u201d Coyle said. \u201cTo have to be in there, you just think, \u2018Wow, he was there for a very long time.' And that was just one part of his life.\u201d

\"Walking in Mandela\u2019s Footsteps,\u201d released Wednesday on the 100th birthday of the late South African president, offers users interactive\u00a0\u2014 and immersive\u00a0\u2014 glimpses into several moments and locations from Mandela\u2019s life.

Along with the VR replica of the prison cell on Robben Island where Mandela lived, users can experience Mandela\u2019s childhood bedroom and the Liliesleaf, the site in northern Johannesburg, South Africa, that served as the secret headquarters of the African National Congress. It\u2019s also where African National Congress leaders were arrested on July 11, 1963, in the government's battle against the anti-apartheid movement.

The scenes look very much like the real thing, according to Coyle, thanks to Victory VR\u2019s collaboration with Liliesleaf, the South African heritage site, and IQbusiness, a consulting firm based in South Africa.

\u201cYou\u2019re able to travel back in time and visit these significant moments from his life,\u201d Coyle said. \u201cAnd you learn a lot.\u201d

Learning is the main mission behind Victory VR, according to CEO Steve Grubbs.

\"It's interesting to better understand Mandela\u2019s journey, from being a radical youth to peacemaker,\" Grubbs said. \"Other than actually being in South Africa, there is probably no other way to experience that fully than with virtual reality.\u201d

The Mandela VR tour marks the first history-based project released by Victory VR, which has primarily focused on science-themed educational experiences.

\"It's an opportunity to go beyond science,\" Grubbs said, adding that Victory VR will be looking to develop experiences in a variety of subjects in the future.\u00a0

And it helps, he said, that experiencing virtual reality is becoming more affordable. Wednesday's release coincided with the recent launch of the Oculus Go, an all-in-one virtual reality headset that costs $200.\u00a0

\"Walking in Mandela\u2019s Footsteps,\" is available for $1.99 at oculus.com.

For Grubbs, the VR scenes calls to mind something his father, a former history teacher in Davenport, often quoted: \"Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.\"

\"A lot of young people may not know the whole history of Nelson Mandela,\" Grubbs said. \"This offers a great historic lesson and it also brings his story to life.\"

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A month after hosting its inaugural Red Table, the North Scott Community Enhancement Project now is planning a block party in Long Grove.\u00a0

Katie and Randy White will host the Red Table block party from 6-10 p.m. Saturday at their home at 118 W. Grove St., Long Grove.

The event, which is an opportunity to get to know\u00a0 neighbors, is open to all residents across the North Scott area. The fun will include children's games and activities.\u00a0

The enhancement project is a newly formed non-profit organized by a group of North Scott women who united at the Quad-Cities Chamber's Big Table event. The project aims to help unite area residents and promote communication and improvement projects.\u00a0

The group's first Red Table block party drew about 100 residents.\u00a0

A $5 donation is asked with all donations going for startup costs of the organization as well as future projects.\u00a0

For more information, visit\u00a0Facebook.com/NSCommunityEnhancementProject.\u00a0

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A man was facing charges Thursday, accused of possessing a gun and methamphetamine in Rock Island County.

Thomas L. Steele, 33, East Moline, is accused of armed violence, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and unlawful use or possession of weapons by felons, according to Rock Island County Court records. Authorities contend that on Tuesday he was carrying a .22-caliber handgun, at least one round of .22-caliber ammunition and less than 5 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine when he encountered officers from the Milan Police Department.

Steele was in custody Thursday, held on $100,000 bail, according to the Rock Island County Jail. He must post $10,000 to be released.

Steele made his first court appearance Wednesday, and his next court appearance is scheduled for July 31, according to Rock Island Court records.

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