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City of Moline

Moline has chosen a new police chief. Tuesday night the city council approved a recommendation from the city administrator to hire Darren Gault, currently a captain for the East Moline Police Department. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

People who want to save the Rock Island County courthouse are offering free beer to anyone who can change their minds. The historic building in the Quad Cities could be demolished depending on a lawsuit.

Michelle O'Neill reports this morning in downtown Rock Island and later in downtown Moline, two advocates for saving the 120-year-old building started a campaign called, "Change My Mind." 


https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4421 / FEMA

The Mississippi River may be back within its banks. But FEMA is reminding Iowa residents they only have one week to register for to get federal help with flood recovery.

Iowa Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack
Dave Loebsack

Iowa Congressman Dave Loesback has reintroduced legislation to establish a National Flood Center. The primary purpose of the center would be to research flood-related issues, including prevention.

Loebsack says the U.S. currently doesn't do any comprehensive flood research.

Benjamin Payne / WVIK

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says many cities in Illinois affected by the historic flooding along the Mississippi River are getting short-changed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Rock Island County

An Interim State's Attorney may soon be appointed for Rock Island County. Tuesday County Board Chairman Richard Brunk announced his choice of Dora Villarreal to replace John McGehee who started working as a circuit judge last month. 

Rock Island City Council members say they will explore making changes to how their expense accounts are run.

submitted / Waterways Council, Inc.

An industry group is asking Congress to start funding Mississippi River navigation improvements originally authorized more than ten years ago.

The Waterways Council represents shipping companies, agriculture, port authorities, and others.

This year, the council wants Congress to make sure the Corps of Engineers' Civil Works program includes expanding locks on the Upper Mississippi River. 

WVIK News

Bettendorf honored one of its former mayors on Friday. City officials dedicated Hutchinson Plaza in front of city hall, for Ann Hutchinson, the longest serving mayor of the city.

http://www.catholicmessenger.net/2018/08/taking-action-to-prevent-abuse/ / Catholic Messenger

Fifteen years ago, the Catholic Diocese of Davenport paid victims $9 million to settle 37 claims of sexual abuse of children by priests.

Then this week, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced all four of the state's dioceses have been asked to send him information about clergy sexual abuse.

The office also set up a special hotline and website for people to report abuse.


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