A good Wednesday to all. It appears that rain is finally getting ready to move out of the area. That's good news for those eager to get outside and mow grass.

Here's the latest from the National Weather Service.

1. Thunderstorms exit region

NWS: Radar

While there's still a chance of showers before 11 a.m., the bulk of the storms will have moved out of the region by 6 a.m.  Skies will be cloudy with a high near 76 degrees. 

There's a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 p.m. with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Skies will be cloudy with a low around 61 degrees. 

Thursday brings a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 74 degrees and a low around 56 degrees. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible with higher amounts in thunderstorms.

2. We're looking at a 20.9 feet crest

NWS: Crest

The flood warning for the Mississippi River at Locks & Dam 15 at Rock Island until further notice.

The river is expected to crest sometime Saturday at 20.9 feet. It's currently at 19.34 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet.

Because of rising floodwaters, River Drive in Davenport from Iowa 22 to Bettendorf will be closed.

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3. Davenport high schools to move from block to traditional schedules

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Davenport School Board members Allison Beck and Bruce Potts listen to discussions of possible school closings during a meeting of the board in this file photo.

The Davenport School Board approved this week a Monday a major change to the way students are taught at Central, North and West high schools, moving from a block to a traditional schedule.

The new schedule will start up in the fall, and new credit requirements are needed for each graduating class through the transition process; the class of 2024 is projected to be the first year without any block schedules, and will need 22 credits to graduate; 28 credits were possible. The class of 2019, needed 26; 32 were possible. Read more.

4. Felon walks away from Davenport work release facility

Micah Bates Jr.

Micah Bates Jr. 

A Davenport man sentenced in 2017 to up to 25 years in prison in connection with two shootings and a burglary and eluding case has walked away from work release.

The Iowa Department of Corrections said Monday Micah Bates Jr., 31, did not report back to the Davenport Work Release Center as required Sunday night.

He was admitted to the work release facility on March 13. Read more.

5. 'It's pretty special': Bulldogs set for 20th trip to state under Pennington


Bettendorf head coach Ben Pennington celebrates with his team after a win at state last year. The Bulldogs return to Des Moines this week for their 20th trip to state under Pennington as head coach.

After his performance in the shootout clinched Bettendorf its third straight state tournament berth, senior goalkeeper Micah Poole sought out head coach Ben Pennington.

"When he came up to congratulate us, I hugged him and said, 'That was for you Coach,'" Poole said. "I think it's pretty special."

With Saturday's win over Pleasant Valley, Pennington has now taken 20 Bettendorf teams to the state tournament, joining West Des Moines Valley's Aziz Haffar as the only two coaches in Iowa history to reach that mark. Read more.

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