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The WVIK Newsroom and reporters from partner stations in Illinois and Iowa produce WVIK News Focus stories.

These features are longer than regular stories and frequently broadcast during Morning Edition at 6:43, 7:43, and 8:43 a.m. and All Things Considered at 4:44 p.m.

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During this year's record-breaking flood, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative is promoting solutions to deal with the increased frequency and severity of floods, plus the damage they cause.

Michelle O'Neill reports one possibility is for Congress to create a revolving loan fund for identifying, restoring, and creating wetlands within the Mississippi River basin.

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People who live and work along East 2nd Street in downtown Davenport are dealing with high water in their buildings after Tuesday afternoon's levee breach.

Michelle O'Neill reports the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities may tie the record crest set during the Great Flood of 1993.

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Fellow passengers will thank you for double-checking your carry-on bag and leaving knives, guns, and pepper spray at home. This morning at the Quad City Airport, the Transportation Security Administration showed reporters a wide variety of prohibited items people try to take on flights.

Michelle O'Neill reports most people say they simply forgot their gun, pocket knife, or brass knuckles were still in their bags.

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Flooding on the Mississippi River is causing another delay in building the new, I-74 bridge.

Michelle O'Neill reports Iowa DOT Planner Sam Shea says the contractor is doing the best it can to catch up and keep workers safe.

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If you thought your car was dirtier after it rained Thursday, you're right.

Michelle O'Neill talked with a scientist to find out why.

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(This story was broadcast on 4/8/2019. See below for an update.)

Some people who live near I-74 and 7th Avenue are having trouble sleeping because of work on the bridge project.

Michelle O'Neill has more on the source of the late night noise and when it'll end.

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It's a little too cold for boating, fishing, paddling, and rowing on the Mississippi River.

But Michelle O'Neill reports the Coast Guard is working with local, state, and federal agencies to help keep everyone safe during the spring flood.

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Local employees of the Corps of Engineers are ready to help hold back the rising Mississippi River. And they've already been very busy during this wet, snowy winter and spring.

Michelle O'Neill reports the corps' Rock Island District serves the entire country as the National Flood Fight Materiel Center.

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The Rock Island Arsenal Garrison is no longer picking up trash from homes on the island.

Michelle O'Neill reports that's because the garrison hired the cities of Moline and Rock Island to do it instead.

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As the water rises and falls on the Mississippi River, Moline is helping a bridge contractor deal with the flooding.

When the river is high, the current is faster and stronger.

That causes problems for Lunda Construction, which works from barges in the middle of the river. (Click below to listen to the radio story with Benjamin Payne.)

The city wants to help the company accelerate the process and keep up with the bridge construction schedule as much as possible. 

Public Works Director, J.D. Schulte, says Moline helped Lunda find more space to work at the east end of Ben Butterworth Parkway.

It's a vacant, five-acre site between 53rd and 55th streets. Lunda and Valley Construction employees have been moving dirt and grading the land.

Eventually, crews will build parts of the new highway, then use barges to move the sections to the new bridge and hoist them into place using cranes.