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Rick's Six: Reward increased in missing girl case, Festival of Trees canceled, and 'endangered' bee spotted at Nahant
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Rick's Six: Reward increased in missing girl case, Festival of Trees canceled, and 'endangered' bee spotted at Nahant

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A good Thursday to all. You're waking up to a cooler start to your day. But it won't last long. The heat returns this weekend, just in time for the virtual Quad-City Times Bix 7. Here are the non-virtual weather details from the National Weather Service.

1. A high today in the lower 80s

NWS: Summary

Today will be sunny with a high near 82 degrees and a low around 64 degrees.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 88 degrees and a low around 70 degrees.

NWS: Heat

2. Pandemic forces cancellation of Festival of Trees 

Festival of Trees "Christmas Around the World".

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Festival of Trees event will not be held this year. In this photo from last year, Brody Ginger, Bettendorf, takes in the gingerbread village at the RiverCenter, Davenport.

The annual Kwik Star Festival of Trees is joining the long list of treasured Quad-City events that will not be held this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"After thoughtful and careful consideration, Quad-City Arts has made the difficult decision not to host the 35th Annual Kwik Star Festival of Trees in person this year due to uncertainty and concern for the safety of our volunteers, staff, and community as a whole regarding the COVID-19 pandemic," according to a news release.

"The Holiday Parade and all other special events will also not be held this year. This decision was led by Festival of Trees volunteer management team with the full support of the Quad City Arts’ staff and Board of Directors. Read more.

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Festival of Trees "Christmas Around the World".
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Festival of Trees "Christmas Around the World".
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Festival of Trees "Christmas Around the World".
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The 27th annual Holiday Parade in downtown Davenport.
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The 27th annual Holiday Parade in downtown Davenport.
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The 27th annual Holiday Parade in downtown Davenport.
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The 27th annual Holiday Parade in downtown Davenport.

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3. Outbreak at Iowa pork plant was larger than state reported

Virus Outbreak Iowa Meat Plant

The coronavirus outbreak at Tyson Foods' pork processing plant in Columbus Junction, one of the first outbreaks at an Iowa meatpacking plant, was more severe than previously known, with over twice as many workers becoming infected than the Iowa Department of Public Health publicly confirmed. 

The first confirmed coronavirus outbreak at an Iowa meatpacking plant was far more severe than previously known, with more than twice as many workers becoming infected than the state Department of Public Health told the public, newly released records show.

The department announced at a May 5 news conference that 221 employees at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Columbus Junction had tested positive for COVID-19.

But days earlier, Tyson officials told Iowa workplace safety regulators during an inspection that 522 plant employees had been infected to their knowledge, documents obtained through the open records law show. Read more.

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More on the coronavirus in the Quad-Cities

• Almost half of Iowa casinos requiring face masks

• Rock Island County stops short of mask mandate

• Genesis Health Systems wants kids to create face covering designs

• East Moline gives liquor, gaming, restaurants license fees a break due to COVID-19

 4. Federally endangered bee found at Nahant Marsh in Davenport

Rusty patch bumble bee

This is the photo taken by Amy Loving, director of education at Nahant Marsh Education Center, that she snapped July 6 and then sent to experts that validated it as the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee.

Amy Loving was working at Davenport's Nahant Marsh Education Center,  taking photos of bees and other insects buzzing around the building in preparation for an upcoming program.

Spotting a bee in some white clover, she crouched down to get a shot.

Back inside the center some time later, she scrolled through her images when suddenly she felt her heart begin to race and she stopped. One of her pictures showed a bee with a rusty patch in its yellow backside.

While that discovery likely doesn't mean much to the person on the street, it's a very big deal to naturalists.

The bee is on the federal Endangered Species List and many Quad-City area naturalists have been hoping to find one for years, especially as they conducted annual "bio blitzes" in various natural areas. Read more.

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5. Reward increased to $10,000 in Breasia Terrell missing person case

The reward for a break in the investigation of the disappearance of 10-year-old Breasia Terrell is now $10,000.

Breasia went missing sometime between late July 9 and noon July 10. She was visiting Henry Earl Dinkins, 47, her brother's father.

Breasia Terrell

Breasia Terrell

She was last seen in the 2700 block of 53rd Street, according to family and the police. Dinkins is considered a person of interest in the case and is being held on a sex offender registration violation but has not been charged in connection with her disappearance. Read more.

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