News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Thanks to a new state law, the Iowa State Patrol is handing out more tickets to people who are texting while driving. Officers can now pull over drivers just for texting. Before, they could only issue tickets for texting and driving when pulling drivers over for a different offense.

The Rock Island Preservation Society will hold a rally this weekend to save the county courthouse from being demolished. Organizers say "This Place Matters" will celebrate the historical significance of the over 100-year-old building. And it also hopes to show the Rock Island county board that the courthouse deserves to be renovated, not torn down.

Churches United of the Quad Cities has begun its annual Thanksgiving in July food drive. This month, it will collect non-perishable food items such as baby food, canned fruit, and peanut butter.

Dubuque has begun offering curbside collection of electronic waste. Starting today, appointments can be made to dispose of electronics such as laptops, monitors, and TVs, among others.

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Iowa legislators legalized consumer fireworks last year, but new this year are the many local restrictions put in place across the state, including in the Quad Cities. WVIK's Benjamin Payne explains why, and how to avoid a fine:

An organization that's helped hundreds of local residents renovate and buy homes is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Thursday the Economic Growth Corporation held a an open house in downtown Rock Island.

Bettendorf is asking its residents for suggestions on how to improve three city facilities. Future plans for the Goettsch Community Center, Life Fitness Center, and Splash Landing will all be discussed Thursday at a town hall meeting.

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For this weekend's "Big Story" in the Quad-City Times, crime reporter Tara Becker-Gray shares the resolve of the mother of Akeim Hill, a Davenport teenager who was murdered in 2017. The two suspects arrested in his death are teenagers themselves. As Becker-Gray reports, Akeim's death is part of a larger trend of increasing juvenile crime in the Quad Cities.

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Red Cross volunteers continue to help people in Davenport whose homes were flooded during last night's storms.

Today, the local chapter's emergency response vehicle traveled to apartment complexes where first floor units were flooded.

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The State of Illinois is honoring four local groups and leaders for improving the lives of immigrants. This afternoon, the Illinois Department of Human Rights held an awards presentation at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island.