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Iowa farmers are facing falling corn prices, hurricane-level destruction, and the highest coronavirus transmission rates in the country. Former Secretary of Agriculture and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack says it didn't have to be like this. 

Depending on where you live, cleanup following the derecho earlier this month is going to take a long time. Bettendorf expects to finish picking up downed tree limbs and branches within a couple of weeks, while other cities are predicting six weeks, or longer.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Protestors gathered outside post offices in the Quad Cities and across the midwest today to demand funding for the US Postal Service. These demonstrations come as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is under fire for slowing mail delivery.

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Illinois is one of 46 states where the US Post Office says mail-in ballots may not be received in time for the election this fall. Illinois US Sen. Dick Durbin recommends requesting a ballot at least 15 days in advance. 

To commemorate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, the Bettendorf Public Library and the Putnam Museum are holding special online events.

Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News

Sen. Chuck Grassley visited the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport yesterday. The center lost donations to last week's storm, at a time when people who need blood out number people who donate.  

The mobile community resource center in Clinton will continue to help residents and businesses hurt by last week's storm, at least through Tuesday, and possibly longer.

Because of the pandemic, Moline is offering employees extra incentives to retire to help make up for declining revenue.

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The Rock Island Police Department has a shortage of officers. The city's been understaffed for the past year, since probationary officers withdrew or failed the police academy in 2019, and weren't able to replace retiring officers. Then, COVID-19 shut down the police academy. 

For organizers of the Resolution, it’s clearly a case of “Action Speaks louder than Words!” It’s been more than a month since Community Activist Thurgood Brooks released his 10-point Resolution for police reform in the Quad-Cities. And now, all of the appointed and elected officials asked to take a seat at the table to enact change are engaged and willing to work on implementing the plan.

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