News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

A birthday party will be held Friday - for a truck. The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott will celebrate the 100th birthday of its Independent brand truck that was made in Davenport in 1918.

Three finalists have been been chosen for Director of Parks and Recreation in Davenport. The city will hold an open house Thursday night for residents to meet and talk with them. 

Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Hoping to reach more people, but with a limited budget, the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque has started using a bicycle library. Five days a week, a member of the staff pedals the mobile library to different locations in the city, so people can check out books and dvds.

Jared Johnson / WVIK

As a coordinator for Iowa Resource for International Service, Emerald Johnson helps place high school exchange students with families in the Quad Cities. Two such students from the past school year were Meghann Hall from South Africa and Hooria Tariq from Pakistan. The three spoke at the studios of WVIK as part of The Great Quad Cities Listen to talk about the students' experiences learning about American—and Quad Cities—culture.

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.