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'We're Not Going To Back Down': Augie Basketball's Ebel And Giovanine Ready For NCAA Tournament

Augustana men's basketball head coach Grey Giovanine and senior point guard Nolan Ebel stopped by the WVIK studios to talk with our Morning Edition host Benjamin Payne, ahead of Friday's NCAA Division III tournament opener at the Carver Center in Rock Island:

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For the first time, the Quad Cities will host an Illinois state conference to celebrate the arts. The One State Together in the Arts Conference is the only statewide multi-disciplinary conference for artists and arts leaders.

Quad City Arts Executive Director, Carmen Darland, says the more than 250 conference attendees will be treated to a wide variety of artworks by local talent.

Chief Judge Retires

Apr 3, 2013

The chief judge for the 7th Judicial District in eastern Iowa will retire Thursday. Bobbi Alpers will step down after 6 years as chief judge, and 21 years on the bench.

After law school, Alpers first worked as a clerk for the judges in the 7th district, then practiced family and juvenile law. Several years later she began serving as a magistrate or part-time judge, then became a judge full time in 1992. One of her most memorable trials involved a woman charged with killing her baby.

Humility Shelter Fund Drive

Apr 3, 2013

The Sisters of Humility of Mary are calling on the Quad Cities community to help fill a budget gap at their homeless shelter. They hope to raise 250-thousand dollars by next April to help fund their shelter in Davenport, where at least 80 people sleep each night.

Humility of Mary president Johanna Rickl says the sisters opened the shelter in 2008 when the John Lewis Coffee Shop closed, and it costs nearly 300-thousand dollars a year to run.

Collection of yard waste and food scraps began Monday in Dubuque, and other cities in eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. Each year, Dubuque's weekly curbside pickup program runs from April through November.

Paul Schultz, the city's Resource Management Coordinator, prefers to call grass clippings, leaves and branches "yard debris." He says, "It's not waste until it's wasted. It can be used for a beneficial use."

Medal of Honor

Apr 2, 2013

After a long search, a Moline woman has finally received a replacement medal for her brother's heroism during the Korean War. Late this afternoon, Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin presented a Medal of Honor to Sylvia Rich during a ceremony on Arsenal Island.

Eaglet Naming Poll Underway

Apr 2, 2013

Two new residents of Riverdale will be named this month, and you can help. Their parents are bald eagles, Liberty and Justice, who live high up in a tree at Alcoa's Davenport Works. A camera above the nest is focussed on the family, providing video and audio on the internet for fans all over the world.

A choral music "legend" in the Quad Cities has died. 81 year old Don Morrison directed the Augustana Choir and Handel Oratorio Society. He died on Friday in Rock Island.

Jon Hurty, Director of Choral Activities, says Morrison was the second director of the college choir after Henry Veld founded it in 1931. Morrison held the position from 1966 to 1993 and continued several traditions, such as the annual performances of Handel's Messiah. "He put his stamp on them. It's a tribute to him that he continued a sense of excellence for the choir and oratorio society."

Deere Lawn Div. 50th Anniv.

Apr 1, 2013

50 years and 5 million products later, Deere and Company is celebrating the anniversary of its entry into the lawn and garden business. Greg Weeks, product marketing manager for riding lawn equipment, says in 1963 Deere began producing a basic, low horsepower, riding lawn and garden tractor at its plant in Horicon Wisconsin.

A local church remembers Good Friday

Mar 29, 2013

Every Good Friday, members and friends of Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church remember the death of Jesus by walking with a cross from downtown Rock Island to their building on 12th Street. Today, they gathered outside City Hall and sang a hymn. About 20 or so people went on the "Cross Walk" stopping to pray for themselves and others along the way.

In this edition of Midwest Week, Herb Trix talks with Erin Jordan, a reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, about her recent stories on how, and how often, firearms are traced in Iowa.

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