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71-year-old cancer survivor breaks world record for planking

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MINNETONKA, Minn. - A senior citizen who recently finished cancer treatment broke the world record for planking.

71-year-old Andy Steinfeldt didn't even know what a plank was a few years ago - and now he holds the Guinness World Record for the exercise, according to Lakeshore Weekly News,

Steinfeldt joined a gym a few years back and reportedly was put through a series of exercises to make sure he was fit enough to use the equipment without supervision.

He told the newspaper he was supposed to hold the plank for 30 seconds but ended up planking for 10 minutes before gym officials stopped him.

Then, last year on his 70th birthday he reportedly held a plank for 35 minutes, which was the longest he'd gone without stopping.

Now, to celebrate his 71st birthday on March 19, Steinfeldt held a plank for 38 minutes, which is believed to be the longest abdominal plank held by someone in his age group.

The old record for his age was 36 minutes and 58 seconds.

Steinfeldt said at one point he didn't think he'd be able to beat the previous record.

“I recently went through radiation treatments for cancer to the abdomen, and I think that zapped some energy because I actually planned to do [plank] for longer, but the last 10 minutes or so were pretty much a struggle,” Steinfeldt told the newspaper.

He reportedly added that if there weren’t TV cameras and a small group of people watching, he “probably wouldn’t have made it.”

He says he did this to help motivate others to overcome challenges while maintaining a positive attitude.

“I plan to keep this going for a long, long time,” Steinfeldt told the Lakeshore Weekly News.

He reportedly plans to celebrate his birthday every year from now on by holding an abdominal plank for as long as he can.  He says his goal moving forward is to beat his time from the year before.

Illinois lawmakers seeking to double state gas tax, raise $2 billion for infrastructure

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SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) -- There’s a $2 billion gas tax increase on the table at the statehouse to pay for infrastructure projects, but some warn such a move will hurt lower-income families the hardest. There’s also an effort to give municipalities more ability to impose their own gas taxes.

State Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, said motorists should expect a push to double the state’s gas tax from .19 cents a gallon to .38 cents heading into the home stretch of spring session. An amendment to Senate Bill 103 would also increase the annual vehicle registration fee by $50, and $130 more for electric vehicles.

A fact sheet from the International Union of Operating Engineers says those increases along with doubling the fee on drivers’ licenses and increasing truck registration fees by $100 would raise an additional $2 billion.

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, said increasing the motor fuel tax will hit working families.

“That especially hurts lower-income folks who are just trying to make ends meet,” Sosnowski said.

Sandoval said a separate bill he expects to be heard next week in committee would allow for local governments to impose a gas tax on top of the state’s gas tax for local roads and infrastructure projects.

That measure, an amendment to Senate Bill 582, would allow non-home rule communities to impose their own motor fuel tax, but there are no caps.

“They have a better understanding of what’s important to them than perhaps what’s in Springfield,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval said despite studies like a recent WalletHub report showing Illinois is already the highest taxed state in the nation, taxpayers should get on board with the idea.

“I believe that if we want to be a leader on our infrastructure as well as provide some relief to local communities in regards to some of their institutions, I think they would appreciate a capital bill that’s financed with newer forms of revenues,” Sandoval said.

Sosnowski said Illinoisans already pay some of the highest taxes in the country.

“We’re hearing a lot about more taxes and not about how do we save money,” Sosnowski said.

Related: Environmentalists, shoppers differ on Illinois bag tax

Sosnowski said state government could work to consolidate operations, end poorly performing grant programs and find other efficiencies, rather than just increasing taxes.

Port Byron not-for-profit thrift store closes, services suspended

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PORT BYRON, Illinois -- Ann's Helping Hands, a community thrift store, has closed, according to a Facebook post on the organization's Facebook page.

The store served the Riverdale School District, giving families household items, kids clothes, shoes and more to families in need in exchange for small donations. Disaster victims received goods for free.

News 8 reported in 2018 that the store was at risk of closing. Their lease was set to expire early 2019 without a chance to renew.

Read: Nonprofit faces possible closure if they can't find a new location

In the 20 years the shop's been in business, they've moved nine times, most recently settling at the city limits of Port Byron on Route 84.

The organization has set up a GoFundMe campaign. Their goal is to raise $250,000.

Related: Pay It Forward: Ann's Helping Hands

Warrant issued after Apollo building suffers $65,000 in losses

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BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Police have issued a warrant for at least one suspect after a string of thefts and vandalism at the Apollo Building.

The planned luxury condos have seen setbacks in the thousands of dollars. Building owner Brian Anderson said thefts and graffiti total up to $65,000, a price he is fronting himself.

Read: String of burglaries impacting Apollo building renovations

The city of Burlington sold the building to Anderson the building back in 2017. He plans to turn the space into luxury condos. He had said he planned to have the first 10 open in late 2018.

Now, police say they have at least one suspect, caught on security cameras on the property. Officials are not releasing the name of that person.

Police also told News 8 they are searching scrap shops to try and recover the stolen items.

This is an ongoing story. News 8 will bring you updates when more information is made available.

Sound the Alarm exceeds goal, hundreds of families to get new fire alarms

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QUAD CITIES -- The results are in!

"Sound the Alarm" will serve 294 appointments to freely install new smoke detectors in Quad City homes. That's more than their original goal of 280.

The executive director of the Red Cross says she's also in the process of setting up online appointments. Learn more on their website, here.

Those who already have fire alarms may sign up to get a free battery replacement.

"Sound The Alarm" is a one-day event sponsored by WQAD News 8 where the American Red Cross and local volunteers help people in the community get the fire-safety equipment they need.

Related: Why the American Red Cross wants to install smoke alarms in your home

Men find ‘magic fridge’ full of ice cold beer in flooded Nebraska field

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BUTLER COUNTY, Nebraska — Kyle Simpson and Gayland Stouffer were cleaning up after the devastating floods in Nebraska when they spotted a small black box in the distance. It just sat there, a dark contrast on a wet and muddy field.

Curious, they walked over to the box, untangled it from the soggy brush and realized it was a fridge. When they opened it, they found a stack of Busch Light beers, Simpson said.

Not just beers, but ice-cold ones, Simpson said. The kind they’d wished for after a day spent slogging through mud, washouts and waist-deep murky water in an area hit by floodwaters near the Platte River.

“It was one of those days and a bright spot in a crappy day,” Simpson said.

For those of you that don't know, our state of #Nebraska is going through record flooding. Sometimes though, the world sends you a break. These guys went to their #DuckCamp and found a fully-stocked #BeerFridge. #NebraskaStrong #Flood2019

— Fat Boy Wild Game (@gameseasonings) March 19, 2019

They opened the fridge and cracked open a couple of beers. Then they took some photos and sent them to friends, some of whom posted them on Facebook, he added.

Fridge to go back to owner — minus a few beers

Simpson said they found the fridge Sunday after spending St. Patrick’s Day cleaning up flooding debris around his duck hunting lodge and bunkhouse in Butler County.

Floodwaters from last week’s bomb cyclone overwhelmed levees and left a wide swath of the Midwest swamped. The flooding destroyed homes, killed crops and livestock, and cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

At first, they were not sure the beers were real or how they had survived the wrath of the storm. “It was quite unusual to find a full fridge of beer lying in the field,” Simpson said.

Hours after the Facebook post, Brian Healy, the fridge’s owner, contacted them and Simpson said he promised him he’d return the fridge when the washed-out roads were accessible.

“It’s ready to go minus a few beers,” he said.

Healy said the fridge floated about 3.5 miles from their home and had previously survived a 2007 fire, according to Simpson.

Devastating floods kill crops and animals in the state

The discovery of the fridge stands out in a state hit hard by the effects of heavy snow and rain, with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts calling it the “most widespread disaster” the state has ever had.

Read: Military dropping hay from helicopters for cows stranded by floodwater

Farmers and ranchers in the Midwest have especially suffered heavy losses. Officials expect the initial farm damage tab of $400 million to crops and $400 million in lost livestock will be exceeded, Nebraska Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Christin Kamm said.

In parts of Nebraska and Iowa, farmers had little time to escape the floodwaters that rushed over their lands last week. So many left their livestock and last year’s harvest behind.

Across parts of the Midwest, the flooding drowned hundreds of livestock, ruined stored grain and turned fields into lakes.

Tyson recalls more than 69,000 pounds of chicken strips

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Tyson Foods is recalling 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may contain pieces of metal according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on November 30, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0317 and 3348CNQ0318, and individual bag time stamps from 17:00 through 18:59 hours (inclusive).
  • 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED CRISPY CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0419, 3348CNQ0420, 3348CNQ0421, and 3348CNQ0422, and individual bag time stamps from 19:00 through 22:59 hours (inclusive).

The problem was discovered when FSIS received two complaints from people who found extraneous material in the chicken strip products.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions as of yet.  Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact their doctor.

If you have the recall chicken strips in your freezer, you are urged to throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased. If you have questions about the recall call,  1-866-886-8456.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke reveals she survived 2 brain aneurysms

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Emilia Clarke was at a high point: She had just finished filming her first season playing Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones and, though she writes that she was “terrified” at her sudden success, she also writes that all her “childhood dreams seemed to have come true.”

Then she almost died—twice.

For the first time publicly, she reveals in a New Yorker essay that she suffered a life-threatening brain aneurysm in 2011, when she was 24, and two years later underwent a traumatic surgery for a second aneurysm. She details the low blood pressure, headaches, and occasional collapses she suffered in her younger days while trying to make it as an actor, noting that in retrospect those may have been “warning signs of what was to come.”

Then, while working out with a trainer in 2011, she got a headache so bad it felt like “an elastic band … squeezing my brain.”

She found out she’d suffered an aneurysm that caused a type of stroke that kills about a third of patients who experience it. She details the surgery and the month she spent in the hospital, worried she may have to give up her career, as well as the intense pain and exhaustion that followed her everywhere even after she had recovered.

She also found out during the experience that she had a smaller aneurysm on the other side of her brain that could rupture, and in 2013, while in New York performing in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she went for a brain scan and found it had doubled in size.

What was supposed to be a “relatively simple operation” went wrong, leading to a massive bleed that, again, nearly killed her.

A second, more serious operation and an even more painful recovery followed, yet the story has largely remained off the radar until now. Her full piece is worth a read.

It’s Time To Play Ball! Quad Cities River Bandits New General Manager Gives Season Preview

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SPRING is finally here, which means the start of the 2019 Season of the Quad Cities River Bandits is just days away!

On Friday, March 22, the team's new General Manager, Jacqueline Holm, joined us on Good Morning Quad Cities to talk about what fans can expect on Opening NIGHT (Save the Date: It's Thursday, April 4th!) and what she's most excited for this season.

Catch her in-studio interview in the video above!

For information about the River Bandits, click here, and for a special way to watch the first game of the season, look below:

Iowa prepares for Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament

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Iowa is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.  Hear what the Hawks have to say about their first round opponent Cincinnati.  Joe Wieskamp is only a year removed from high school and now he is living out one of his dreams of playing in the NCAA Tournament.  Nicholas and Michael Baer are sharing this NCAA experience together.  The last time the Hakweyes played in the NCAA Tournament Michael was only a Junior at Bettendorf High School.

Iowa State NCAA Preps, Iowa Women host NCAA 1st Round, United Township Soccer

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Iowa State prepares for their first round match up with Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament.  The Cyclones are focused on playing solid defense in the opening round.

Iowa Women are a 2-seed and will host the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.  The Hawks will host Mercer and the Bears have their full attention.

United Township falls to Morton on the pitch 3-1.

Davenport couple taking it one day at a time after dementia diagnosis

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- A Davenport care center says they're seeing younger patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's. And it's presenting new challenges for families and caregivers.

Senior Star at Elmore Place has both assisted living and memory care. The health services administrator Amanda Buchholz says awareness is helping doctors diagnosis more people with early-onset dementia and Alzheimer's. According to the Alzheimer's Association, five percent of people with Alzheimer's are less than 65-years-old.

"You're seeing the younger population, less than 65, they're coming in and maybe they're having difficulties at work," Buchholz says. "They're still working. They have young children. They're very active."

Buchholz says this can present challenges for staff. She says the care plan was more tailored to 80 or 90-year-olds with Alzheimer's. But younger people with Alzheimer's can sometimes be working or raising grandchildren and that plan has to include ways to keep patients more active physically and mentally.

These are all challenges the Ebener family is starting to face.

De and Dan Ebener have been married for 42 years. Earlier this year, De got an infection and was unconscious for two weeks. Doctors gave her only six months to live.

"Tough situation but we've faced a lot of things before," Dan says. "We take it one day at a time."

De made a remarkable turnaround and is staying at Senior Star to fully recover. But she also received a diagnosis with dementia. The progression of the disease wasn't sudden.

"There was a slight decline going on for about five years that we noticed, getting more and more forgetful," Dan says.

Dan and De are now looking to balance new responsibilities. Dan is still working and sometimes has to travel. He says he tries to make time every day to come and see De.

"We had imagined ourselves traveling," Dan says. "I would be working. She would be retired."

Those plans have now changed.

"Probably the most frustrating part is I know I should know something, but I can't pull it up," De says. "I'm just so happy that I do remember most things."

De is trying to stay a part of her family's life. The Ebeners have two sons and three grandkids.

"I worry about not being able to take care of myself," she says, "about not being able to be with my grandkids."

De and Dan say the care at Senior Star has been instrumental in helping her recover and excel. Zumba classes keep De active, and the assisted living community lets her have visitors and meet new people.

De and Dan say they'd like for her to go home someday soon. But they also have to take it one day at a time.

On Saturday, March 23, the ninth annual Quad Cities Caregiver Conference is happening from 8 a.m. to noon at the St. Ambrose University Rogalski Center.

Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint with the Pentagon's inspector general a week ago, alleging that Shanahan has appeared to make statements promoting Boeing and disparaging competitors, such as Lockheed Martin.

Shanahan, who was traveling with President Donald Trump to Ohio on Wednesday, spent more than 30 years at Boeing, leading programs for commercial planes and missile defense systems. He has been serving as acting Pentagon chief since the beginning of the year, after James Mattis stepped down.

The probe comes as Boeing struggles to deal with a public firestorm over two deadly crashes of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner within the last five months. And it focuses attention on whether Trump will nominate Shanahan as his formal pick for defense chief, rather than letting him languish as an acting leader of a major federal agency.

Dwrena Allen, spokeswoman for the inspector general, said Shanahan has been informed of the investigation. And, in a statement, Pentagon spokesman Tom Crosson said Shanahan welcomes the review.

"Acting Secretary Shanahan has at all times remained committed to upholding his ethics agreement filed with the DoD," said Crosson. "This agreement ensures any matters pertaining to Boeing are handled by appropriate officials within the Pentagon to eliminate any perceived or actual conflict of interest issue(s) with Boeing."

During a Senate hearing last week, Shanahan was asked by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., about the 737 Max issue. Shanahan said he had not spoken to anyone in the administration about it and had not been briefed on it. Asked whether he favored an investigation into the matter, Shanahan said it was for regulators to investigate.

On Wednesday, Blumenthal said that scrutiny of Shanahan's Boeing ties is necessary. "In fact, it's overdue. Boeing is a behemoth 800-pound gorilla — raising possible questions of undue influence at DOD, FAA and elsewhere," said Blumenthal.

Shanahan signed an ethics agreement in June 2017, when he was being nominated for the job of deputy defense secretary, a job he held during Mattis' tenure. It outlined the steps he would take to avoid "any actual or apparent conflict of interest," and said he would not participate in any matter involving Boeing.

The CREW ethics complaint, based to a large part on published reports, including one by Politico in January, said Shanahan has made comments praising Boeing in meetings about government contracts, raising concerns about "whether Shanahan, intentionally or not, is putting his finger on the scale when it comes to Pentagon priorities."

One example raised by the complaint is the Pentagon's decision to request funding for Boeing 15EX fighter jets in the 2020 proposed budget. The Pentagon is requesting about $1 billion to buy eight of the aircraft.

Shanahan, 56, joined Boeing in 1986, rose through its ranks and is credited with rescuing a troubled Dreamliner 787 program. He also led the company's missile defense and military helicopter programs.

Trump has seemed attracted to Shanahan partially for his work on one of the president's pet projects — creating a Space Force. He also has publicly lauded Shanahan's former employer, Boeing, builder of many of the military's most prominent aircraft, including the Apache and Chinook helicopters, the C-17 cargo plane and the B-52 bomber, as well as the iconic presidential aircraft, Air Force One.

This is only the third time in history that the Pentagon has been led by an acting chief, and Shanahan has served in that capacity for longer than any of the others.

Presidents typically take pains to ensure the Pentagon is being run by a Senate-confirmed official, given the grave responsibilities that include sending young Americans into battle, ensuring the military is ready for extreme emergencies like nuclear war and managing overseas alliances that are central to U.S. security.

Questions you’ve always wanted to ask a pro MMA fighter: Bobby “WILDBOY” Downs

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MONMOUTH,Illinois- A local MMA fighter from Monmouth will try to maintain his perfect professional record this weekend at Caged Aggression XXIV.

March 22 and 23, Caged Aggression XXIV will be at the River Center in Davenport.

Many amateur and professional fighters will be putting on a show as they hope to take home the W.

One of these fighters is Monmouth Illinois native Bobby Downs or "WILDBOY". If you're from the area you probably know of him.

Bobby says he's been training and fighting MMA for 6 years!

"I got into fighting because my older brother was a boxer, when my dad got sick with cancer, I got into MMA to help keep me focused "

Bobby "WILDBOY" Downs is 15-5 as an amateur and 4-0 as a professional. He says his only loss came from a split decision.

He says he trains locally with Peoria Muay Thai and in Denver Colorado with Factory X Muay Thai.

"It's a way of life and its saved me alot"-WILDBOY

Downs prefers to keep the fight standing but according to him "I'm versatile and ready for a fight anywhere it goes."

The "WILDBOY" fights at Welterweight (170 pounds) but says his usual walk around weight is 195 pounds, so he cuts 25 pounds before a fight!

He says the cutting process takes about 4 weeks with healthy dieting.

(It's done through) "Eating the right food to fit the days workout and (knowing) the right food to have for rest days."

"It's a process I've figured out through trial and error in (what has) now been 25 weight cuts for fights."

If you want to see the WILDBOY or your favorite fighter this weekend, tickets are still available.

Questions you always wanted to ask an MMA fighter:
  • Whats it like being knocked out or punched for a living?- "Knock on wood I've never been KO'd but yeah being punched isnt fun, but it makes you a stronger fighter and is part of the life"
  • What toll does the life take on your body?-"You never fight with your body at 100% if you're training hard. Bumps and bruises are common, this is the hurt business. I've been injured more playing basketball then fighting I'll tell ya that lol. A smart fighter like Floyd Mayweather for example can have a 50 fight professional career because he took little damage because he was so good at not getting hit. Fighting and training smart helps with longevity in this sport. In the beginning of the sport people just beat the shit out of each other. Now fighter have figured out how to train safer and risk less injury but still get the necessary work needed to grow and become a better martial artist"
  • Is the stereotype that lots of MMA fighters are mean/violent or not usually educated true?-"False entirely. Lots of guys in the UFC have division 1 wrestling backgrounds which normally consists of a bachelor degree. There's alot of brains in fighting now days. Years ago the biggest strongest guy always won. Now there's different ways to win so fighting is more like chess"
  • What kind of money does a usual and a really good fighter make?-"Pay just depends. It's always low starting out but the bigger following and better record you have, the better your pay becomes. The UFC also hands out a 50k bonus for knockout, submission and performance of the night. You get paid so much to show up and it normally doubles if you win"

Water and resource director in Muscatine wants to help environment, save money with investment in food waste

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MUSCATINE, Iowa — Muscatine's Water & Resource Recovery Facility Director, Jon Koch has been working for nearly seven years to bring more organic waste to the City, in order to turn it into natural fertilizer and, down the road, clean renewable energy in the form of natural gas.

Koch sees discarded food as a wasted opportunity, one he would like to capitalize on with the help of a high-tech depackaging system made in Minnesota. To view a YouTube video showing the equipment, click here.

"We have a program going on right now we call MARRVE, Muscatine Area Resource Recovery for Vehicles and Energy," said Koch on Tuesday, March 19.

The solid waste recycling project is budgeted for about $3 million, according to Koch. The depackaging machine itself would cost around $800,000. Koch believes the program would keep food waste out of landfills and thus, cut down on harmful methane gas releasing into the earth's atmosphere. He says 30% of what goes into a landfill is food waste, like an expired Lunchable or can of corn. Those products, Koch says, are perfect for the depackaging system he wants the City to buy.

"We can actually remove the packaging, have the food go one way and the packaging go another way and then that food can actually be used to create a natural fertilizer and then clean, renewable energy," said Koch, admitting the separated packaging could be tough to recycle, but the City would do the best it could.

If approved by City Council, the system would go in the recycling center portion of Muscatine's Recycling and Transfer Station. Koch says the building is largely underutilized ever since Muscatine converted to single stream recycling.

"We're recycling the recycling center I think that's pretty cool," said Koch.

Old food waste from industries, grocery stores and restaurants would stay out of the landfill and instead, be turned into natural fertilizer for farmers and biogas.

Koch sees a lot of biogas go up in smoke, being wasted, every day at the Water and Resource Facility. Harnessing that could be a money-maker and good for the environment, drawing businesses' trash from far away to Muscatine.

"Hopefully we can find everybody who's interested in the region," said Koch, "We're not just looking for just Muscatine. We're actually 150, 200 miles away, or even further some places have expressed interest in bringing waste here. Because there isn't anybody doing this."

Phase 2 of the project would be creating a system that would capture the biogas released from the facility's smokestack daily. Right now, the facility does not release enough biogas to make it worth it to build that system. With the addition of the depackaging machine, Koch believes the City would be closer to creating enough gas that it would be worth it to capture the biogas, clean it, and potentially inject it into a pipeline. He says states as far away as California would give Muscatine a "credit" for the gas.

This week, Koch received bids from contractors on how much it would cost to repurpose the recycling center and get it ready for the program. Contractors are not close enough in price to where Koch needs them to be, in order for him to present the bid to City Council. He hopes an agreement on price will happen soon and that the program could be up and running by the end of 2019. The program would create two new jobs.

Pregnant first-grade teacher stabbed 10 times during carjacking at her California home

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LOS ANGELES – A pregnant carjacking victim was undergoing surgery Thursday to treat multiple stab wounds she suffered during a gang-related attack outside her Southern California home.

The woman, who was identified by her husband, Greg Maga, as his 33-year-old wife Tanya, was parked in front of their house in the Sunland neighborhood of Los Angeles, about 20 miles north of downtown, when the incident occurred about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A GoFundMe page started for the victim identified her as Tanya Nguyen, a first-grade teacher.

Three people came “absolutely out of nowhere” and asked for his wife’s phone before attacking her, Maga said.

The entire exchange was captured on his home’s surveillance video, which Maga did not want to release without the OK from police.

Maga’s wife, who is 12 weeks pregnant with the couple’s first child, suffered 10 puncture wounds in the attack, including one that runs all the way through her lungs, he said.

“She’s alive. She’s badly injured … She’s going through surgery as we speak,” Maga said Thursday morning.

Tanya was transported to the hospital in critical condition but was listed as stable, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Greg Kraft said. The injuries were not considered to be life threatening, Kraft said.

Another law enforcement officer described the attack as "animalistic."

"I get choked up even talking now about it," Lt. Frank Kryshak said during a news conference Thursday.

An ultrasound will be done when the surgery is over but the condition of the unborn child was still unknown, Maga said in the morning.

Maga told reporters he first heard about the attack from a neighbor as he was driving home from work.

“I was just panicked and completely helpless because I was stuck in traffic,” he said.

The community also stepped up and helped his injured wife until emergency crews arrived. “It’s a tight community and great neighborhood. People know each other,” he said.

Tanya’s stolen car was later found abandoned after it had crashed into several vehicles in another neighborhood.

Two people were eventually taken into custody in connection with the attack and carjacking, LAPD confirmed.

No details about the arrests were immediately available, but Kryshak said more people, including possibly a woman, are outstanding.

Authorities believe the incident is gang-related.

The GoFundMe for the victim stated the "tragic news has us all crestfallen."

"Ms. Nguyen is a ray of sunshine who nurtures our children & gives of herself in the most loving, pure way" the page reads.


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