Benjamin Payne

"Morning Edition" Host and Reporter

Benjamin Payne hosts Morning Edition on WVIK, and also reports spot news and feature stories for the WVIK newsroom. As a graduate of Augustana College, he majored in Multimedia Journalism & Mass Communication. Before coming to WVIK, he served a reporting internship at WBEZ in Chicago, volunteered with the Augustana Public Radio Information Service (APRIS), and participated in NPR's Next Generation Radio project.

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Headlines for the morning of Tuesday, August 14, 2018

  • new website for missing Mollie Tibbetts
  • Democratic candidate for Iowa Governor takes the soapbox
  • Iowa Libertarian knows he won't win governor's race
  • Illinois Governor spends his own millions on Republicans

Today's forecast: high of 87 with mostly sunny skies.

Headlines for the morning of Monday, August 13, 2018:

  • Rock Island opens a new "pocket park" near Augustana College
  • Mediacom moves fiber optic cables after an accident near the I-74 bridge

Today's forecast: high of 90 with sunny skies.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos—whose 17th Congressional District spans the Illinois Quad Cities and other northwestern parts of the state—says the recent indictment of a Republican congressman for alleged insider trading is the latest example of what she describes as the Republican Party's "rampant culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence."

Headlines for the morning of Friday, August 10, 2018:

  • Davenport man sentenced for injuring Buffalo police chief
  • Rep. Cheri Bustos calls out GOP for "rampant culture of corruption"
  • LeClaire and Port Byron prepare for cross-river tug of war
  • Small-town Illinois post office to be renamed for fallen soldier

Today's forecast: high of 86 with mostly sunny skies, and a 20% chance of rain and thunderstorms after 4 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Headlines for the morning of Monday, August 6, 2018:

  • The body of a small child was found in the Mississippi River near Muscatine last night
  • The reward for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has increased to $260,000
  • More than 200 students at Augustana College are preparing to help some local cities become more sustainable

Today's forecast: occasional showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10 a.m, and a high of 86.

Headlines for the morning of Friday, August 3, 2018:

  • The AARP hears from Quad Cities residents about how Illinois's fiscal health is affecting the area
  • Farmers in eight states, including Illinois, file a lawsuit against agrochemical corporations
  • A referendum to expand DeWitt's library goes to voters next week

Today's forecast: high of 90 with sunny skies.

Headlines for the morning of Thursday, August 2, 2018:

  • Rehab help is on the way for historic Illinois buildings
  • The AARP will hold a forum on the exodus of Illinois residents
  • Normal July temperatures were recorded in the QC and Dubuque
  • The president of Loras College gets his contract extended.

Today's forecast: high of 81 with partly sunny skies.

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