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YOUR MONEY WITH MARK: The impact of inflation, rate hikes, and trade disputes on corporate profits

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MOLINE, Illinois – Every Monday on Good Morning Quad Cities, Investment Adviser Mark Grywacheski joins us live on the air to talk about a range of financial issues and topics.

On Monday, July 16th, Mark is providing his analysis of the 2nd quarter corporate earnings season, which kicked off last week. He is going to give a brief insight into the corporate earnings season process, what the markets will be focusing on and looking for, the potential impact on the stock market and President Donald Trump’s trade negotiating tactics, and the importance of John Deere and Caterpillar’s earnings results.

Your Money With Mark airs live on Good Morning Quad Cities every Monday between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.mTo live stream our newscast from our website, click here.

Man Arrested After Huge Boulder Falls Off Truck in Minnesota, Kills Mother and Daughter

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ROSEMONT, Minn. -- Two women are dead after an 800-pound boulder fell out of a dump truck along a Minnesota road Monday, WCCO reports.

Joe Czeck, 33, has been arrested and police say he did not stop at the scene of the accident.

Karen Christiansen, 67, and her daughter Jena Christiansen, 32, were traveling behind the truck when it went over a railroad crossing and the huge boulder came off, tumbled and struck the family's car.

The women died at the scene.

Authorities said the boulder was so heavy it took four firefighters to move it.

Investigators were able to determine the truck belonged to Czeck Services, which led them to the driver.

Czeck is being held at the Dakota County Jail. Charges are still pending.

Woman Survives 7 Days After SUV Plunges Off Cliff in Big Sur

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An Oregon woman who disappeared a week ago was found alive at the bottom of an oceanside cliff in Big Sur, California, where she survived in the wreckage of her SUV by using her radiator hose to siphon water from a nearby creek, authorities said Saturday.

Angela Hernandez, 22, of Portland, injured her shoulder but was able to walk and talk, said John Thornburg, public information officer for the sheriff’s office in Monterey County, California.

Photos posted on Facebook showed Hernandez sitting on the rocky coastline as she received medical care. She was pulled up by ropes and taken to a hospital, he said, but her condition was not immediately known.

Hernandez’s Jeep Patriot apparently ran off Highway 1, the north-south highway that hugs the Pacific coastline. She was driving from Portland to visit family in Lancaster, in Southern California.

She sent a text around 10 p.m. July 5 saying she was tired and stopping to sleep in her car at a grocery store parking lot in Half Moon Bay, in San Mateo County, said a missing persons flier.

About 8 a.m. July 6, she notified her family that she was continuing the drive, the flier said. After that, no more texts were sent. Calls to her cell phone went straight to voice mail.

Law enforcement agencies began looking for Hernandez on July 6, when her family reported that she’d stopped communicating with them. She was a frequent user of social media and the lack of communication was unusual, authorities said.

Authorities determined that Hernandez’s vehicle had been in Monterey County about 9:30 a.m. July 6 because it was captured on a business security camera, the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

The search in Monterey County was hampered on some days by heavy fog, which made air searches difficult or impossible, the sheriff’s department said on Twitter.

Late Friday, two people walking in Big Sur noticed the SUV wreckage at the bottom of a cliff, Thornburg said. They went back to their campsite and called 911, he said.

Thornburg said the vehicle landed 200-250 feet down the cliff and was partially submerged. Hernandez may have been able to get out of the SUV, but was stuck in the rocky, inaccessible spot, he said.

He didn’t say if Hernandez had any food, but said she survived by using the radiator hose from the vehicle to divert water from a nearby creek.

Isabel Hernandez, her sister, thanked the people who looked for her.

“We just want to thank everybody .. that helped,” she told CNN affiliate KGO. “It’s day seven and you guys helped us through the whole thing and Angela would not be OK” without you.

Cameras Capture Dog Being Thrown From Car, Abandoned at Illegal Dumping ‘Hot Spot’ in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Police are looking for the person seen in surveillance video dumping a dog Friday morning in Kansas City.

The area where it happened is a hot spot for illegal dumping – one of the worst in the city, investigators told WDAF.

The dog did not appear to be injured, but it needed a lot of water due to the heat, according to those who responded to the scene said.

They don’t know how old she is but say she’s given birth several times.

The city’s illegal dumping investigator and a KCPD officer were looking for a suspect in the area when they got a tip about someone dumping a dog. They reviewed video from the illegal dumping cameras in the area, and saw someone in a white Kia Forte throwing the dog out of the car. They searched the area and within a half hour found the dog a few blocks away on Park Avenue.

Officials say the dog will go to the KC Pet Project to be checked out.

Investigators say this is the second time they’ve caught someone dumping a dog on camera in three years.

"It’s really hot today," KCMO illegal dumping investigator Alan Ashurst said. "Just kind of goes to show you when you’re thinking about disrespecting your animals they don’t take anything into account. It’s ridiculous."

Animal control says the dog does have a micro chip and is registered, so they’ll be able to give the owner a citation. From there, that person will go before a judge. Animal control says there’s no way the dog will be returned to the owner.

Kim wins Classic, beats record set by Stricker

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In an impressive four rounds, interrupted by four rain delays, Michael Kim becomes the champion of the 2018 John Deere Classic on July 15. He also now holds the record score for this tournament.

Kim finished the day at -27. The old record was set by Steve Stricker, a score of -26 under.

Kim has remained rock-solid for the entire tournament with fairly even scoring throughout the rounds (63, 64, 64 and 66). Stricker’s previous record included scores lower than Kim’s, but a less consistent spread (60, 66, 62 and 70).

Before this tournament, Kim has missed five of the last six cuts.

The award ceremony will take place shortly. Tune in to WQAD News 8 for live coverage of the ceremony. Also, watch “The 19th Hole” at 6:30 p.m. and “The Score” at 10:30 p.m. tonight.


Arkansas Man Wants to Stay in Jail So He Won’t Abuse Drugs and Alcohol

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ST. FRANCIS COUNTY, Ark.  — This may sound strange, but an Arkansas man actually wants to be in jail.

That's because being locked up stops him from abusing drugs and alcohol.

For most, jail is a punishment. For Shawn Henderson, it's a refuge.

The 46-year-old was arrested Wednesday afternoon for throwing rocks through windows at Madison Elementary School. Henderson reportedly told a deputy he wanted to go to jail because he'd be safe and not able to abuse drugs and alcohol.

"It's the first time I recall someone saying I want to be in jail to stay away from drugs and alcohol," Captain Eddie Adamson told WREG.

After investigating, Captain Adamson found out Henderson has done this before.

"I think it's a very low point in his life right now," he said.

Henderson is due back in court Friday and is expected to be released. Once he is, the Sheriff's Department will refer him to Mid-South Health Systems in Forrest City, Arkansas. The facility will do all it can for him.

"Him being in jail for some time is a band-aid on a bullet wound," Captain Adamson said. "We'd rather see him in a treatment program."

He hopes Henderson can kick the addiction, turn his life around and become a positive force for others battling the same problem.

"It's one more person who can help someone else," the captain said.

Henderson is charged with criminal mischief. He'll likely have to pay fines and repay the school for the broken windows.

Relief from the humidity is just around the corner

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We finally saw some breaks in the cloud cover this afternoon, and we’ll keep the broken cloud cover late tonight, Any rain will be gone during the overnight hours with lows near 70.

A cold front passing through early on Monday will help to spark a few showers and storms. While you may run into a bit of rain in the morning, a few more showers and storms could develop in the afternoon… especially east of the Mississippi River. Highs will remain in the mid 80s.

However, a lovely drop in humidity arrives on Tuesday and Wednesday as high pressure slides in from the north. Highs will drop into the low 80s despite seeing tons of sunshine. By Thursday, we’re in for another round of showers and storms.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

World Cup Final: France Crowned World Champion After 4-2 Win Over Croatia

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There was to be no final, dramatic twist in a World Cup which has been full of joyous surprises and jaw-dropping late drama.

Twenty years after France won the first World Cup in its country’s history, a youthful Les Bleus side beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow to win football’s most prestigious prize for the second time.

This was the highest-scoring final since 1966 and an entertaining climax a wonderful tournament deserved. In 90 high-octane minutes there was a controversial VAR decision, an own goal, record-breaking feats, a pitch invasion and an underdog pushing a heavyweight to its limit.

A Mario Mandzukic’s own goal and a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty either side of Ivan Perisic’s wonderful long-range strike gave France a 2-1 lead at the break.

Arguably, France was undeservedly ahead but by the hour Les Bleus had scored two further goals, through Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, to put France in command and the result in little doubt.

A dreadful error by captain Hugo Lloris allowed Mandzukic to reduce the deficit in the 69th minute and though Croatia went in search of more goals in the closing 20 minutes France, despite nerves creeping in, refused to fold.

As the heavens opened, France celebrated wildly on the pitch and Didier Deschamps, who etched his name in the record books by becoming the third man to win the World Cup as a player and head coach, following Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer, was thrown into the air by his players and staff.

Mbappe, aged 19 years and 207 days, also further cemented his status as the most exciting young talent in world football with a long-range strike which made him the second-youngest player to score in a final after Pele, who scored as a 17-year-old in 1958.

Deservedly, the Paris Saint-Germain star was named the competition’s best young player.

READ: Mbappe — from boy wonder to World Cup superhero

David vs. Goliath

This was a final not many would have predicted at the start of the tournament back in June, but Russia 2018 has had little respect for pedigree — Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal were all toppled before the quarterfinals — and so it made sense that this month-long competition would be brought to its conclusion with a David versus Goliath contest of sorts.

A gifted Croatian team, bidding to become the smallest country since Uruguay to win the sport’s most coveted trophy, went toe-to-toe and often outplayed France, a top pick at the start of this competition and a nation contesting its third World Cup final.

As a country of four million, Croatia had overcome demographic and economic odds to reach the pinnacle and had come from behind in all three knockout games to reach this final, winning in extra-time on all three occasions.

But another comeback was a step too far for Zlatko Dalic’s talented team.

READ: The secrets to Croatia’s success

READ: Belgium finishes third to record best World Cup finish

Croatia on top, but France clinical

Croatia’s journey to a first World Cup final was a fairytale. At 20 in the world rankings, it was the lowest-ranked team to reach a World Cup final, while manager Dalic was appointed just nine months ago following the sacking of his predecessor for poor results.

The early signs were that Croatia was going defy expectations once again.

Monopolizing possession and harrying its opponent on the rare occasions France had the ball, Croatia was the dominant side of the first half.

France’s midfield of Pogba and N’Golo Kanté were outmuscled by Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and the outstanding Perisic, while Luka Modric — named the player of the tournament — was pulling the strings like the fine puppeteer he is.

But for all of Croatia’s energy — it had seven shots to France’s one in the opening 45 minutes — it was France that went into the break with the advantage.

Griezmann fortuitously earned a freekick 30 meters to the right of goal, even though replays showed Brozovic made no contact with the Atletico Madrid forward. He subsequently swung the freekick into the box and Mandzukic headed into his own net.

Perhaps it was fitting that at a World Cup where more set-piece goals have been scored than in any previous tournament the first goal of the final came from a dead-ball situation.

Ten minutes later, still bossing midfield, Croatia leveled with a brilliant strike.

Having made a dash to the byline, Sime Vrsaljko headed Modric’s freekick into the box and following a series of ricochets the ball eventually fell to Perisic who, standing on the edge of the box, beautifully struck low into the far corner.

The midfielder celebrated a goal his performance deserved by pointing to his bruised thigh but, moments later, France’s players were drawing the referee’s attention to Perisic’s left hand as they complained that the Inter Milan player had handled Griezmann’s corner.

Replays showed there was contact, but whether Perisic deliberately handled was questionable.

Nevertheless, after consultation with VAR, the referee, Nestor Pitana, awarded a penalty and Griezmann stepped up to convert from 12 yards for his fourth goal of the tournament.

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Pogba & Mbappe kill off Croatia

Croatia started the second half brightly — twice Lloris was called into action before the clock had ticked past 50 minutes — and it seemed only a matter of time before the scores would be level once again.

The match was brought to a halt temporarily because of a pitch invasion, which Pussy Riot later claimed responsibility for.

Within minutes, the final resumed and two France goals in six minutes killed Croatian hopes.

Griezmann and Mbappe combined to set up Pogba for a left-footed strike which made it 3-1 and soon France had a three-goal cushion as Mbappe, the teenager’s pace putting Croatia on its heels after the break, fired home France’s fourth.

Lloris added respectability to the scoreline as he dawdled over a backpass and gave the ball to the tireless Mandzukic, who became only the second player to score for his own side and the opposition in the same World Cup match.

Righting the wrongs of 2016

It was at the semifinals 20 years ago that France shattered Croatian dreams to reach a final it subsequently won with Zinedine Zidane inspiring Les Bleus to history.

The success of the team known as “la France Black Blanc Beur” (“black white Arab France”) had transcended football, sparking the biggest gathering at the Champs-Elysees since the Liberation of Paris in 1944.

READ: France’s ‘Rainbow Team’ looks back on historic triumph

Parisians will no doubt celebrate into the night once again, but for the players it was the memories of Euro 2016, rather than France 98, which spurred them on in the Russian capital.

The French were favorites to beat Portugal in the European Championship final two years ago, but were outdone by the underdogs on home soil.

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Olivier Giroud admitted the squad were complacent in Paris, but the striker added in the build-up to this match: “This time it is different. We are not getting carried away.”

Giroud’s words proved true as France made amends for past failures and did so emphatically, becoming the first team to score four goals in a World Cup final since Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in 1970.

Rallying for justice after son’s death

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Rock Falls, Illinois-- Alfredia Edwards is filled with emotions.

Back in January her son, Nate Edwards, was shot and killed in a traffic stop.

"I want these policemen to know that what they did was cold-blooded and how could they live with themselves everyday knowing what they did to somebody else`s child," said Edwards.

Illinois State Police and The Whiteside County Attorney's Office investigated the incident. Police say what they officer did was justified but the victims family doesn't see it that way.

"I want justice. That`s all I ask for, justice and if I have to do it then whatever, I`m out here and I`m gonna walk," said Edwards.

Nate's family and friends held a rally on July 14. Justice for Nate was plastered all over t-shirts,signs and posters. They chanted as they walked from Rotary Park in Rock Falls to the police station, a little over three miles away.

"We gonna march and we gonna let them know that, hey we loved it here and he was somebody and he did have a name," said Edwards.

They rallied in honor of Nate and his life.

"He was a loving person, he has his ways like you and I and anybody else but he`s a loving person," said Edwards.

They aren't going to give up until they believe justice has been made.

"We`re not just going to let this be forgotten you know, there needs to be some justice for this. I`m not saying Nate was perfect but he didn`t deserve to die like that," said David Hines. Hines is a local pastor and has known Nate for over twenty years.

The Edwards say this is the first of many rallies for Nate. They plan on holding more later on this summer.


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