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Witness testimony

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Jessica Russell begins to cry Wednesday as she testifies about her memories of the Jan. 30 crash that left her injured and killed Cynthia Elaine Jones, 53, of Davenport.

Jessica Russell remembered the light turning red as she drove to work in downtown Davenport just before 6 p.m. on Jan. 30.

“I went to mess with my radio and I heard a big, I would say it was like a boom behind me,” she said as she broke down into tears. “I went in circles and when I woke up, I just knew I was involved in an accident. It was pretty bad.”

In front of her, she could see fire in the road. To her left, she saw a red Chevy Monte Carlo that was driven by Cynthia Elaine Jones, 53, of Davenport.

Reporter Tara Becker covers the full day of testimony here.

Union battle

Union elections

Iowa Public Employee Relations Board members Jamie Van Fossen, left, and Mike Cormack speak to a group in August at the Davenport Public Library in preparation for elections for unions. The elections are required by Iowa's new collective bargaining law.

Forced to fight for their survival by a new collective bargaining law, public employee unions in the Iowa Quad-City area emerged largely victorious in recertification elections, according to state figures and local union officials Wednesday.

Of 31 elections in Scott, Clinton and Muscatine counties, unions won 26 as of early Wednesday. Results from another four area elections were not known as of midday Wednesday.

There was just one loss.

Reporter Ed Tibbetts explains that loss in his latest story.

Grassley's deer tweet 

Five years ago today, a deer died and a social media legend was born.

Well, we assume the deer died.

It was five years ago today — Oct. 25, 2012 — that U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s vehicle hit a deer on an eastern Iowa road, presumably killing the animal.

Find out why the tweet is still a legend here.


Tonight should be clear skies with a low of 39 degrees. 


I-74 traffic is back to normal after lane closures.