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Bix Beiderbecke museum to re-open after recovering from flood damage

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — After the city was drowned in floodwaters last April, a monument to a local legend is gearing up to reopen.

The Bix Beiderbecke Museum, located in the lower level of the River Music Experience building in downtown Davenport, is set to open for business on Monday, July 15th, after more than two months of recovery from heavy water damage.

The museum closed on April 30th, when floodwaters seeped into the museum and caused heavy damage to exhibit cases and some exhibit materials that were not elevated.

According to Jessica Waytenick, the museum’s PR manager, a team of volunteers was able to move all the important items up to a higher floor just after the flood wall was breached, where they would await their return once the water receded and the museum was refurbished.

Related: Years of history in the BIX Museum saved from Davenport flooding

With everything now back in its rightful place, the museum is ready to open its doors to the public once again on Monday.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Hot and Humid through the John Deere Classic weekend… Heat continues through all of next week

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Another warm day it has been with the mercury expected to reach near 90 degrees later this afternoon.  Fortunately, the humidity is being kept in check once again allowing the air to feel quite tolerable.

That takes us into the weekend and the rest of tournament play at the John Deere Classic.  We’ll keep an eye on a few storms that are still on track to stay just to our north.  Nonetheless, an isolated storm can’t be ruled out for later Saturday and Sunday, especially north of the Quad Cities.

Highs will climb a few more degrees with lower 90s both Saturday and Sunday.  However, head index values could peak near 100 as we add a bit more humidity in the air.

We’ll continue to see this stretch of 90 degree plus temperatures extend through all of next week with upper 90s heading into the following weekend!  That may mean High Heat Warnings could be likely with heat index values over a approaching 110!

Right now, no organized rain chances exist until the weekend after next!  That’s a stretch folks!!

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Golf Trainings Aids to Make You a (Hopeful) Pro

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It’s John Deere Classic Week and we are celebrating with a special golf-related edition of Nailed It Or Failed It!

On Friday, July 12th, we were joined by JDC Tournament Director Clair Peterson and Birdies for Charity Director Kristy Ketcham Jackson as we tested out some of these golf training aids. These tricks include things you can find around your house – like cookies, toothpaste, toilet paper, and more! Click the videos above and below to see if we NAILED IT or FAILED IT.

Here's a look at how to make Eric's Grassy Flip Flops:

I bought some AstroTurf squares from Amazon and it turns out each square is good for one pair of flip flops. Just trace the store-bought flip flop and cut carefully. Remember, measure twice and cut once.

You'll need to carefully pop off the part of the flip flop that goes between your toes. Once that's off, you can measure where you'll need to pierce a hole in your AstroTurf...because you'll need to get the plastic toe-thingy back onto the sole.

The fine folks at Lowe's Home Improvement Center sold me the strongest adhesive glue that can be legally sold this side of Pennsylvania.

You'll want to be careful with this as it dries white.

Finally, I used a few bricks to weigh down the flip flops to ensure proper stickage. Voila! Astroturf flip flops are only about 15 minutes.

We also had a special Cocktail of the Week, provided by Jon Ketz's Concoction. Click the video below to see what he delivered to us in a golf cart!

With all the work out at the course this week, Jon thought this would be the perfect time to make an Arnold Palmer!

Here's how you make an Arnold Palmer and here's what you need to make it:

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Freshly brewed iced tea
  • 1.5 oz. Fresh lemonade

Combine vodka, freshly brewed iced tea and fresh lemonade in a Collins glass over ice. Stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake hits just outside Seattle

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SEATTLE – The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 4.6 magnitude earthquake has rattled the Three Lakes area of Washington state, less than 50 miles northeast of Seattle.

The earthquake initially registered  as a 4.7 magnitude and was then downgraded to 4.4 before eventually going back up to a 4.6. The quake hit at about 2:52 a.m.

The earthquake was relatively shallow, but according to the USGS map, it was felt all the way to the Canadian border.

The epicenter of the quake was near Monroe in Snohomish County.

NWS Seattle says a Tsunami is not expected.

Here is the earthquake info.

— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) July 12, 2019

What’s a bigger hit than golf out at JDC? The pork chops

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SILVIS, Illinois -- Even if you come for the golf, you might find yourself staying for the pork chops.

The chops are made from locally-sourced meat and have a following that goes beyond the local crowd.  Visiting country music star Dustin Lynch tried one, falling in love at first bite.

"I love pork chops," he said. This is really good."

Another fan of the chops says he eats about three or four each day.

"I literally love the pork chops," said Dontrell Avery. "I'm the biggest fan right here, of the pork chops, seriously."

Golfers and fans eat more than 20,000 pork chops during John Deere Classic week.

Iowa reports 1st confirmed 2019 human West Nile virus case

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have reported the state’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus.

The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the man lives in Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered.

Dr. Caitlin Pedati is the department’s medical director and Pedati says that until the state’s first hard frost, being outside means there’s a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.

State records say 104 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and nine died. More information about the virus is available online.

CDC issues warning on ‘crypto’ fecal parasite that can live for days in swimming pools

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(CNN) -- Health officials are asking Americans to take precautions over reports that "crypto," a fecal parasite that can be transmitted via swimming pools, is on the rise.

The parasite's full name is cryptosporidium. It causes cryptosporidiosis, which can leave healthy adults suffering from "profuse, watery diarrhea" for as long as three weeks. The effects can be worse for children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.

"The number of treated recreational water-associated outbreaks caused by cryptosporidium drives the summer seasonal peak in both waterborne cryptosporidiosis outbreaks and cryptosporidiosis outbreaks overall," according to a statement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though it's almost never fatal, one death has been reported since 2009, according to the CDC. Another 287 people were hospitalized between 2009 and 2017, the CDC says.

CDC report released on June 28th explains why health officials are alarmed:

  • Between 2009 and 2017, there were 444 cryptosporidiosis outbreaks reported in 40 states and Puerto Rico.
  • The outbreaks resulted in 7,465 people falling ill.
  • Recreational water -- mostly swimming pools, but also kiddie pools and water playgrounds -- were responsible for 156, more than a third of the cases.
  • Untreated water (such as lakes) and drinking water caused 22 more cases.
  • Eighty-six cases involved contact with animals, mostly cattle.
  • Another 57 cases were associated with child care settings.
  • Twenty-two cases were foodborne, most involving unpasteurized milk or apple cider.
  • Most cases were reported in the months of July and August, and 2016 was a peak year for outbreaks with more than 80.
  • The number of cases increased by an average of 12.8% annually between 2009 and 2017.

The CDC adds two caveats to the figures, which it suspects underestimate the number of actual cases and outbreaks: The spike in cases may be the result of new testing technology, and the requirements and ability to detect, investigate and report cases vary across jurisdictions.

It's also worth noting the one death from cryptosporidiosis came in the sole instance in which the parasite was transmitted in a hospital setting.

In pools, cryptosporidium can enter the body when a swimmer swallows contaminated water.

The parasite is a problem in pools is because an infected swimmer can excrete the parasite at several orders of magnitude higher than the amount necessary to cause infection. Cryptosporidium has a high tolerance to chlorine and can survive in a properly chlorinated pool for up to seven days, the CDC says.

There are preventative measures that can help stem the number of outbreaks, and the CDC is working to educate the public on them.

Youngsters sick with diarrhea should not be placed in child care, according to the CDC, and following a cryptosporidiosis outbreak, child care workers should clean surfaces with hydrogen peroxide, as chlorine bleach is an ineffective means of killing the parasite.

People who come in contact with livestock should wash their hands thoroughly and remove any shoes or clothing to avoid contaminating other environments, like their homes.

As for pools, anyone suffering diarrhea should avoid swimming until at least two weeks after their diarrhea subsides, the CDC says.

That last one is most important, as 24% of American say they'd jump in a swimming pool within an hour of having diarrhea, according to a survey released in May by the Water Quality & Health Council.


The Impact of a Harsh Winter and Spring on the John Deere Classic

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We will never forget the 2018-2019 Winter or the 2019 Spring. Those two harsh seasons impacted a lot of people and places, including TPC Deere Run - the home of the John Deere Classic.

On Friday, July 12th during Good Morning Quad Cities, the Director of Golf Course Maintenance at TPC Deere Run - Alex Stuedemann - joined News 8's Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen at TPC Deere Run to talk about how his team dealt with a snowy, cold winter and wet spring.

"It was very difficult for us," he said. "We're very proactive people. We want to stay ahead of the weather as much as it allows us and really with what we had - the third snowiest winter on record and then the wet weather that started late April - we pretty much had to sit on our hands to avoid doing damage to the golf course."

Stuedemann is celebrating 20 years working with the PGA Tour this year and he says upholding the reputation of the beauty of TPC Deere Run is very important to him:

"To be put in charge of such a beautiful piece of land with a great community that supports this charitable effort of Clair, Andrew, and the rest of the John Deere Classic team, you really can't ask for much more - pride just billows out of our staff."

"We're not out there to grow grass. Our mission is to make this event successful so that that $13.4 million can go to those 500 charities."

He also explained the science of his craft (click the video above) and that there are 25-30 extra hands helping him during John Deere Classic Week, so if you see any of them out on the course - be sure to tell them "Good Job!"

John Deere helps put together backpacks for area students ahead of 2019-2020 school year

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Dozens of workers at John Deere Harvester Works spent a day on the assembly line making something that's going to help area kids in need.

On Tuesday, July 9, the workers packed backpacks with school supplies, personalized with a note on each bag.

"I just wrote "Have a great school year, study hard, don't do drugs, and don't forget to smile"," said Jamie Green.

The school starter kits will be distributed to 1,700 students for free.  The supplies is donated by John Deere.

In addition to the backpacks, the Harvester workers also assembled 1,500 snack packs and 1,500 hygiene kits.

180,000 smoke alarms recalled because they may not work during a fire

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Nearly 180,000 battery-powered smoke and fire detectors have been recalled due to failure risks.

According to the recall on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the alarms can have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.

The recall involves Universal Security Instruments 10-year battery operated ionization smoke and fire alarms with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11. The smoke alarms are white in color and 5½  inches in diameter.  “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the alarm. The label on the back of the alarm lists the model number and date code.

The recall suggests consumers inspect their smoke alarms to determine if they will activate properly by pressing the test button. If the alarm sounds, no further action is required. If it does not sound, consumers should contact Universal Security for a replacement.

There have been 134 reports of failure to properly activate during installation.

The alarms were sold online from July 2015 to December 2016.

For much more, click here. 

JDC Round 1 Leader: Roberto Diaz

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Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, the 32-year-old Mexican player birdied four of the first five holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five in the bogey-free round at TPC Deere Run. He took the lead with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th.

“I just feel that everything clicked,” Diaz said. “I’ve been playing pretty solid throughout the year. The driver has been awesome. I’ve been hitting a lot of fairways, and today I hit good numbers all day, and that helps.”

Winless on the PGA Tour, Diaz tied for eighth at the Travelers Championship last month.

Americans Adam Long and Russell Henley were two strokes back. Martin Laird was another stroke back at 65 with Ryan Palmer, Andrew Landry, Vaughn Taylor, Zack Sucher and Ryan Blaum.

Long, who got his first career win earlier this season at the Desert Classic, had eight birdies — four on the front nine and four on the back nine.

Henley has missed the weekend cuts in his last four straight starts. But he highlighted an impressive birdie run by drilling a 55-foot putt on the par-3 7th hole.

“I don’t think I’ve ever lost the belief that I can have a nice tournament,” Henley said. “It’s just a matter of a few bumps here and there.”

Scotland’s Laird, who skipped his national tournament this week in an effort to boost his playoff positioning, followed up a 65 to close out last week’s event in Minnesota with birdies on five par 4s on Thursday.

Palmer, the second-highest ranked player in the FedEx Cup standings in the field at No. 22, returned from a month-long family vacation with a strong round.

Palmer was somewhat inconsistent on his front nine before rallying for three birdies in a five-hole stretch.

“Stress-free today, it felt like. Being off for four weeks, traveling the world a little bit was fun. But I just came into the week just wanting to get my game back going for next week obviously,” Palmer said.

Twenty-year-old rookie Matthew Wolff, who picked up his first career win at the 3M Open last week, opened with a 67. Wolff, the youngest winner on the tour since Jordan Spieth won at Deere Run six years ago, hit 15 greens in regulation and played bogey-free.

“Having that PGA Tour card locked up is a lot of weight off of my shoulders,” Wolff said. “Everything in my game feels really good right now.”

Defending champion Michael Kim, who set the tournament record at Deere Run a year ago by winning by eight shots, had a 73. Kim has made just five of 28 cuts since winning in the Quad Cities.

Local favorite and past tournament champion Zach Johnson saw a streak of 40 consecutive rounds of even par or better at Deere Run come to an end after a 1-over 72. Johnson, who last shot over par there in 2008, missed a long birdie putt that would’ve kept the streak alive by inches.

“Frustrating. I mean, the good shots that I hit I didn’t get anything out of it and the bad ones were, I’m scrambling a little bit,” Johnson said.

Man dies after tractor rolls over him in northwest Iowa

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SUTHERLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 78-year-old man died after a tractor rolled over on top of him in northwest Iowa.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office says Gary Jungjohan had a mower attached to the tractor Wednesday evening, July 10, and was mowing the north shoulder of a street in Sutherland when the tractor rolled into the ditch and landed atop him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.


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