Headlines for the morning of Thursday, August 9, 2018:

  • Body found in Mississippi River near Muscatine is identified
  • Change of leadership for First Army at Arsenal Island
  • Mercer County residents are ready to put beautifucation plans into action
  • Iowa has a new tool to measure progress on reducing water pollution

Today's forecast: high of 90 with a 20% chance of rain and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. and into the night.

Mercer County Better Together

After several years of planning how to improve their economy, residents of Mercer County are ready to take the next steps. Led by the group Mercer County Better Together, they're starting to fix up their parks and promote tourism.

Twitty Leaves First Army

Aug 8, 2018
First Army

The commanding general of First Army is leaving. On Thursday, during a "relinquishment of command ceremony" on Arsenal Island, First Army will say good-bye to Lieutenant General Stephen Twitty.

Headlines for the morning of Wednesday, August 8, 2018:

  • Campaign to consolidate two Illinois elected offices comes to the QC
  • Bettendorf plans to close an elementary school next year

Today's forecast: high of 84 with mostly sunny skies.

DeWitt Library

Construction could begin soon to expand the library in DeWitt. On Tuesday residents of the city overwhelmingly approved a bond referendum for 3.5 million dollars.


Another effort is underway to combine two elected statewide offices in Illinois. Tuesday two republicans, Jim Dodge who's running for state treasurer and Darlene Senger, candidate for comptroller, brought their campaigns to merge the offices to the Quad Cities.

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Best Buy plans to close its Moline store in the fall. The company has decided not to renew its lease for the store, which is located near South Park Mall.

After one more year, an elementary school in Bettendorf will close. The school board voted Monday to close Thomas Jefferson, and send its students to Mark Twain Elementary School next year.

Headlines for the morning of Tuesday, August 7, 2018:

  • Steel girders go up for the new I-74 bridge
  • Upgrades on the way for the Adler Theatre and RiverCenter
  • Voters in DeWitt head to the polls today for a library referendum

Today's forecast: high of 80, and a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Crews are placing huge, steel girders on piers over the Mississippi River near Moline, as construction of the new I-74 bridge continues. Today, officials from the Iowa Department of Transportation and DNR gave reporters an update about the project.