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Your Money With Mark: The escalating trade war and the mid-term election impact

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MOLINE- 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.

Monday, August 13, Grywacheski talked about the escalating trade war with China and whether the mid-term elections will play any part in the country's policy with them. He also said he believed the country would need a fourth interest rate hike this year.

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.

Community throws vigil for two young lives lost

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MUSCATINE, Iowa-- A grieving community gathered at Riverside Park in Muscatine to honor to young lives lost.

"It could be anybody at anytime it just really hit close to home and made me think," said Shanyna Stone. Stone helped organize this event.

They originally started planning  back in July after two-year-old Hawk Newberry fell into the Mississippi River near Schweibert Park. His body was found in Muscatine a few weeks later.

That same day, Sadie Alvarado was found in Lee County. Police say her boyfriend left her on the side of the road after she jumped out of his car during an argument.

"They were found on the same day. Sadie was from here so it just kinda made sense to include her family in the memories," said Stone.

The whole community was hit hard by the news. They didn't want either loss to go unnoticed.

Putting together candles, prayers and even torches on Brown's Island where Hawk was found.

"We've just been doing as best as we can to get everybody down here together to show these families our support," said McKaya Justos. Justos couldn't help but think of her own children when she heard the news.

"It warms my heart for the families that all these people came to show their support in this time of tragedy but it was definitely unexpected," said Stone.

They hope this helps both families heal knowing they have the community to lean on for support.

"We hope they know there are people standing behind them. I can't imagine the pain that they're going through and I can never put myself in their shoes but I want to support in anyway that I can," said Stone.


Small business owner gives back to the community

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ROCK FALLS, Illinois  -- Kids in Rock Falls, Illinois celebrated going back to school today with a party. Ben Phillips, owner of Ben's Phresh Kutz, in Rock Falls, hosts the event with his wife. They provide free school supplies and discounted hair cuts to students of any age.

"We go to Walmart and we buy all the school supplies," Phillips said. "We also have personalizes book bags for the kids."

Phillips said this year, over 150 kids came to the event. They also had food, games, balloon animals, and a bounce house. They gave away prizes, like candy and toys.

"We're not going to end until everyone has school supplies," Phillips said. "Until the tables are empty."

This is the sixth year Phillips has hosted the event. He says he does this to give back to his community.

" I love living here," Phillips said. " I want to give to families."

The students in Rock Falls go back to school Thursday, August 16th.

Two Davenport women could face up to 25 years in prison after robbing homeowner at gunpoint

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DAVENPORT-- Two women are in jail after police say they robbed a Davenport homeowner while pointing a long shot gun style firearm at them.

Police say 33-year-old Nancy Hoffman and 29-year-old Amber Woods ,both from Davenport, robbed a house on LeClaire Street in Davenport on Friday around 3:30 p.m.

Police say one of them stayed in the car as a lookout while the other entered the home and pointed a gun at the victim demanding money. Police say the woman holding the gun took a wallet o


ff the table and left.

If convicted both could face up to 25 years in prison.

A break from the heat arrives with some rain this week

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It was another toasty afternoon! Thankfully, we’ll be cooling off quickly tonight due to a clear sky and calm wind. We’ll drop into the mid 60s by early Monday morning. You can still catch the Perseid Meteor Shower late Sunday night and early Monday morning! As expected, you have a better chance of seeing these shooting starts far away from city lights. However, some patchy fog may get in the way of your view.

Click here to learn where to look to see the meteor shower

We’re going to be back in the low 90s on Monday with another sun-filled afternoon. The sunshine will last into most of our Tuesday with highs pushing 90. However, we will be tracking some showers and storms late on Tuesday evening into the overnight hours.

More showers and storms are likely to pass through Wednesday morning and afternoon. Thanks to the rain, we’ll struggle to reach the low 80s on Wednesday. By Thursday, most of the rain will be gone with temperatures in the mid 80s.

-Meteorologist Taylor Graham

The Score Preview – Geneseo Football

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Tradition is big for Geneseo Football.  The Maple Leafs have won five games or more for 55 straight years.  This years schedule will test that streak, but the Geneseo players are focused and ready to prove they have the talent and experience to get the job done on the field.

Illinois pulls home the win at TugFest

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LECLAIRE, Iowa-- It's the only event that can shut down the Mississippi River.

The 32nd Annual Great River Tugfest. A giant tug of war contest between Iowa and Illinois.
A long rope stretches from LeClaire, Iowa all the way into Port Byron, Illinois.

Each team pulling to see who is the best.

"It's an adrenaline rush but it's also hell.I mean it's the longest three minutes you're ever going to feel," said Devin Ablee. Ablee has been apart of TugFest since the very beginning. He started out as pit crew but now is a tugmaster for his own team on the Iowa side.

Unfortunately for Ablee and his team, Iowa came up short.

"We did not win this year. Not overall. We won three or four pulls which is good for us. It's a real good feeling for us to win pulls but we'd like to win the whole thing," said Ablee.

The Iowa teams are taking home their improvements and are already thinking of next years competition.


The weather will cooperate for the Perseid Meteor Shower

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After a toasty Saturday, we’ll be cooling off nicely into the mid 60s tonight! The sky will also clear out, which will be great if you want to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower that peaks this weekend! Your best chance at seeing any shooting starts will be away from city lights.

Click here to learn where to look to see the meteor shower

We’re sticking with the warmer and sunny weather on Sunday and Monday with highs near 90.

Highs will be getting back into the upper 80s on Tuesday, and we do have the chance for a few showers and storms that night. However, most of the rain will hold off until Wednesday. Hopefully we can pick up some much needed rainfall by the middle of the week. Thanks to the rain, highs will drop into the mid 80s by Wednesday.

-Meteorologist Taylor Graham


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