Steve King questions if there would be any population left if not for rape and incest

(CNN) -- GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa questioned on Wednesday whether there would be any population left on Earth if not for rape and incest, a remark that has drawn condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans.

"What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?" he said in Urbandale, Iowa, according to video posted online by the Des Moines Register, which was first to report on the remarks Wednesday.

"Considering all the wars and all the rape and pillage that has taken place ... I know I can't certify that I was not a part of a product of that," King said. "I'd like to think that every one of the lives of us are as precious as any other life," he added.

The remarks came as King was defending not allowing exceptions for abortion in cases of rape or incest.

The Iowa Republican is a controversial and polarizing figure on Capitol Hill who has a track record of making racist comments that have generated backlash across the political spectrum.

In January, House Republicans stripped King of committee assignments, an action that took place after an interview in which he appeared to lament that the term "white supremacist" is considered offensive.

CNN has reached out to King's office for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

The remarks quickly generated condemnation from lawmakers in both parties.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican, said in a tweet that the remarks were "appalling and bizarre" and called on him to resign.

"Today's comments by @RepSteveKingIA are appalling and bizarre. As I've said before, it's time for him to go. The people of Iowa's 4th congressional district deserve better," Cheney tweeted.

JD Scholten, who announced earlier this month that he will once again try to unseat King by running against him in 2020, said the Iowa Republican is pushing a "selfish agenda," and accused him of excusing violence.

"Our congressman continues to push his selfish agenda above the needs of #IA04 -- this time he excuses violence. This isn't what we stand for," the Democratic challenger wrote, including a link to a fundraising page with the message.

King also faces a GOP primary before he gets to the general election.

One of primary challengers, Iowa state Sen. Randy Feenstra, called the comments "bizarre" in a statement on Wednesday.

"I am 100% pro-life but Congressman King's bizarre comments and behavior diminish our message and damage our cause," he said, adding, "We can't afford to hand the 4th District to Nancy Pelosi and her allies in Congress. President Trump needs defenders in Congress, not distractions."

Democratic presidential candidates were quick to denounce the congressman too, with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calling for his resignation.

"You are a disgrace. Resign," Gillibrand tweeted at King on Wednesday.

"My friend @JDScholten is standing up and fighting back against Steve King, and he needs all of our help," Beto O'Rourke tweeted, "because no matter where you live, you know there's no place for Steve King's racism, bigotry, and hatred in Congress.

"Iowans have long deserved better than Steve King and his hateful, insulting words. He should resign," tweeted Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

In an exchange with CNN on Tuesday prior to the latest controversial remarks, King argued that he believes he will be re-assigned to congressional committees before 2020.

When asked if he hopes to be re-assigned to committees if he is reelected in 2020, King responded, "I'm not going to wait that long."

Referring to the House GOP leader, King said, "Kevin McCarthy made a huge mistake, it is an obscene injustice, and it's an affront to Iowans and everybody in this country."

A new business is working to help clear your schedule

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Sonya Wommack was born and raised here in the Quad Cities and noticed a lack of assistance in the community.

Wommack worked to change that. In Cedar Falls, she started a business assisting people in the area with small tasks and errands but now she is bringing that work back home with Assisting the QC.

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Family of the Dayton shooter published a flattering obituary of the gunman. Now they’re apologizing

(CNN) -- The family of the Dayton, Ohio, shooter published glowing obituaries of both the gunman and one of the first casualties in the massacre -- his younger sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts.

The obituaries were published Tuesday on the website for the Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home in Bellbrook, Ohio, but the remembrance for gunman Connor Betts was removed Wednesday at the family's request, according to the funeral home.

Connor Betts' parents later updated the message on their son's obituary page.

"Stephen and Moira Betts apologize that the wording of the obituary for their son Connor was insensitive in not acknowledging the terrible tragedy that he created," the message said. "In their grief, they presented the son that they knew which in no way reduces the horror of his last act. We are deeply sorry."

The obituary for Betts, who was killed by police after he took nine lives in the August 4 mass shooting, was shorter than his sister's. Both writeups encouraged people to donate to an ecology institute in nearby Yellow Springs instead of sending flowers.

A now-removed page for the shooter also included 21 photos. They ranged from his younger days doing martial arts to more recent images of him drinking beer and smiling with family members. The obituary said he was a grill cook who loved reading, video games and music.

He "will be missed immensely by his friends, family, and especially his good dog Teddy," it says.

Neither obituary mentions the shooting, or that Betts was killed by her brother.

A young man drawn to violence

Investigators and those who knew Connor Betts have described him as bent on violence. Former classmates said he kept a list of people he wanted to kill or rape, and he was in a "pornogrind" band known for its graphic, violent lyrics.

The 24-year-old also enjoyed shooting, a friend said. A Twitter account that appears to belong to him -- and whose bio proclaimed, "I'm going to hell and I'm not coming back" -- retweeted far left-wing and anti-police posts.

Armed with a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle, Betts fired 41 shots in less than 30 seconds that night in Dayton, killing his sister as well as eight seemingly random bystanders, police said.

In a statement following the shooting, the Betts family said they were "shocked and devastated" by what happened and were cooperating with police. They pleaded for privacy while they mourned.

A woman answering the phone at Conner & Koch said the obituaries came from the Betts family. Another woman answering the phone on a follow-up call said Megan Betts' obituary also appeared in a local paper, while her brother's had not.

A younger sister about to graduate from college

The Dayton Daily News published Megan Betts' obituary.

It calls her by her nickname, Baby Chica, and says she worked at a Bed Bath & Beyond in Centerville and was scheduled to graduate from Wright State University in December with a degree in earth science.

"Megan was fascinated with rocks, starting in primary school when she would bring home rock specimens of asphalt and concrete from the playground. This blossomed into her love of geology, the earth and space. She hoped to work for NASA to be a part of exploring the viability of life on other planets," it says.

She was in Girl Scouts for 12 years, swam avidly, baked, sewed, collected seashells and sea glass, wrote poetry and short stories, performed in plays, blew trumpet in the Bellbrook High School marching band and sang in a Wright State chorale.

"Megan was known as a loving, caring, and supportive friend, always ready to help and do anything she could to make their lives better. They will remember her laughter, her beautiful smile, and her kind heart," the obituary says. "The world is a darker place without her."

Nick Boutis, executive director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, to which the family directed donations, called Megan Betts' obituary "a lovely remembrance of a person who deserves to be mourned and honored. And, of a person who loved Glen Helen.

"It's a reminder that, within the larger tragedy, there is a grieving family that is looking to channel their grief into a cause that matters to them," he said in an email.

Antonio Basco’s wife was killed in the El Paso massacre. He’s welcoming anyone to her visitation

(CNN) -- Nearly two weeks after the El Paso massacre, Antonio Basco pushed a Walmart cart full of red and pink roses, gallons of water and a wooden cross to a memorial honoring his wife and the 21 others who were killed.

"I can't stay away from here," Basco, 61, told CNN. "All I know is that my wife never hurt someone."

Basco and his wife, Margie Reckard, 63, met 22 years ago and quickly became inseparable. She became the love of his life and his only living relative, he said. Hundreds are expected to attend Reckard's visitation on Friday evening at the La Paz Faith--Perches Funeral Home in central El Paso because the funeral home said Basco would welcome "anyone to attend his wife's services."

In the days after the massacre, Basco has visited the makeshift memorial behind the Walmart store daily. He would come and go at all hours of the day and has slept there at least one night.

He kneels in front of a white cross bearing his wife's name that is surrounded by candles and dozens of flowers. He prays for her and even talks to her.

Tony Dickey, a chaplain for Disaster and Victim Services International, said crowds of strangers have approached Basco with words of support, or simply to offer a hug.

"He was basically just mumbling to himself that he had no one anymore, that she was everything he had. He didn't know what he was going to do," Dickey said about the day he met Basco. "He kept repeating that he was going to be so alone now."

Dickey said he told Basco, "No, they are your family. El Paso is now your family."

'Every second, every breath... has been a wonderful life'

Basco had just quit riding rodeo in Omaha, Nebraska, when he met Reckard at a bar. She was originally from the Washington, DC, area. Basco is from Louisiana.

He says Reckard had been smiling at him that night but he was so shy he couldn't talk to her. At some point Basco finally approached her. What started as a drink and a friendly conversation turned into a dinner and later into their first time sharing breakfast.

"Me and my wife had a bond, a magnificent bond," Basco said. "I never felt anything like that in my life."

Soon, they hopped on a train together with nothing more than a backpack.

"Every second, every breath... has been a wonderful life," he said.

The couple traveled around the country until they eventually settled in El Paso. They took care of each other as they grew older and as Reckard began battling Parkinson's disease.

"We never went to bed mad at each other without saying good night or I'm sorry," he said. "We planned on living together and dying together."

Rico Duran, 22, an in-home care provider who had been working with the couple, said they'd spend their days watching old school cowboy movies or sometimes cruising around town in their blue SUV.

Reckard was really active, Duran said, and wouldn't ask for help, even though she had to use a walker to move around. Reckard and Basco were always smiling and striking up conversations even if there was a language barrier, Duran said.

"They have so much love for the Chicanos and overall the people in the city," Duran said. "They didn't know Spanish but they were always making an effort to communicate with Spanish speakers."

El Paso is becoming his family

Basco was doing maintenance on the SUV outside their home on August 3 when Reckard left for Walmart. It was his wife's Saturday routine to go to the store near Cielo Vista Mall to shop for groceries, he said.

A gunman opened fire inside the store, taking the lives of 22 people and wounding at least two dozen. Reckard died in the largest massacre the city has seen.

Basco searched for Margie in local hospitals for hours, hoping to reunite with her, but the medical staff wouldn't tell him anything. It wasn't until Sunday that law enforcement officers contacted Basco and "told me that my wife had been murdered," he said.

His wife who had been his angel, his partner and, without a doubt, the love of his life was not returning home.

"I don't need anything," he said. "I need her and I keep begging her to come back but I know it's impossible."

Dozens of people in El Paso have joined him at the memorial for days. A local broadcast journalist, Carlos Armendáriz, had been visiting the memorial with his family when he spotted Basco and took a photo of him that he later posted on social media. After seeing that many people were sharing Basco's photo, he set up a GoFundMe page for him.

"My intention was that people can help him as much as they can," Armendáriz told CNN.

On Wednesday, Armendáriz made sure that Bascos opened a bank account to receive the donations.

"Overcoming the loss of a loved one is difficult for anyone, just imagine how difficult is for an elder man like him," he said.

Jorge Ortiz, the general manager of Perches Funeral Home, said it's unclear how many people will attend the funeral but that more than 60 people have already called to order flower arrangements.

As his wife's funeral approaches, Basco, who is still wearing his blue Ford Motor cap and his silver wedding band, said he's thankful for all the families and individuals who've reached out to him.

"If it wasn't for all of these people, I don't know how I would make it," Basco said.

On Wednesday, Basco said he was not ready to learn how to live by himself. He was planning to pay a few house bills, feed his cat, Princess, and come back once again to water the flowers at the makeshift memorial and give his wife's cross another kiss.

Officer Dallas passes the torch ahead of retirement

DIXON, Illinois-- The Dixon School District turned the page at its meeting tonight. They said farewell to Officer Mark Dallas, the school resource officer who confronted a student with a gun last year.

Officer Dallas is retiring later this year, and Officer Chris Scott is taking his place at the high school.

"Mark leaves behind a big legacy, some very big shoes," Officer Scott says.

Officer Dallas has been the high school's resource officer for five years. And he'll always be best remembered for what he did last year.

In May 2018, he confronted a student who brought a gun to school as his classmates were at their graduation rehearsal. Officer Dallas who chased then-senior Matthew Milby out of the building... returning fire after police say Milby shot at him.

"It's bittersweet tonight," Superintendent Margo Enpen says.

She says Officer Dallas made many lasting impacts in Dixon, updating the security system and emergency plans at the high school.

"I remember that first year and how nervous I was and how I was going to try to help the program along and keep it active," Officer Dallas says.

He says he's also proud of the relationships he built with students... something his successor says he will try to continue.

"Mark's been a great officer and I'm proud to be able to have the opportunity to fill his shoes there," Officer Scott says.

In his retirement, Officer Dallas says he'll take some time off and most likely do some hunting and fishing. But then he has big plans to travel around the country sharing his knowledge of school safety with other districts and police departments.

"Hopefully, if any other law enforcement agency or school district can learn from what happened with us that day, I would gladly share the information that we have," he says.

Mom celebrates first day of school with solo trip to Disney World

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A Florida mother treated herself to a celebratory trip to Walt Disney World after dropping her children off for their first day back at school.

Lisa DiNoto Glassner told WOFL she thought about just going home to take care of some laundry after dropping her boys off, “but I was like, you know what? I’m taking a moment and I’m going to take a walk in Magic Kingdom.”

Glassner said her family has Disney passes and they live about a mile from the theme parks, so it’s “not that crazy” that she popped in to take a stroll through Disney World.

Once inside, Glassner decided to document her adventure by posing with a pin that read, “I’m celebrating: 1st day of school!” From a visit with Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother to a stroll down main street, photos show a smiling Glassner delighting in her child-free detour.

She told Good Morning America her favorite part of the day was “the Fairy Godmother’s reaction. Hands down. She was laughing so hard she was crying and we just started hugging and laughing together.”

As for the children, one 6 the other 8, she said they found out later that night and “got a kick out of it.”

Glassner, a former lawyer with a Harvard degree, told WOFL she decided to walk away from an unfulfilling job with a major firm to start a new life in Florida. “Now we live just north of Magic Kingdom and it’s home,” she said.

Police identify girl in video of dog tumbled inside clothes dryer

Warning: Some may find this video disturbing, viewer discretion advised

LEWISVILLE, Texas – Texas police say they have identified the girl seen in a social media video laughing as she puts a small dog in a clothes dryer and turns it on.

The disturbing video shows the dryer operating for several seconds, as the Shih Tzu tumbles and thumps inside, the girl clapping and screaming in apparent excitement. When she opens the door the dog struggles to get to its feet, then runs into the next room.

Lewisville police are not publicly identifying the girl because of her age.

The video originally appeared on Instagram with the caption “I’m gonna put his a** back in the dryer,” KTVT reports. Horrified viewers reportedly contacted Dallas police and animal services over the weekend.

The Dallas Police Department began working to identify the girl in the video, but, after evidence led investigators to Lewisville, Texas, they turned the case over to Lewisville authorities.

“Through their diligent work, DPD identified the individual involved,” Lewisville Police officials said in a statement.

Lewisville police said the case is being investigated as cruelty to non-livestock animals.

The dog was evaluated by a veterinarian; investigators are awaiting the results of that exam, according to Public Information Coordinator Lynn O’Donnell.

Wisconsin fugitive lived in hidden bunker for over 3 years

RINGLE, Wis. – A Wisconsin fugitive is back in custody after a hunter stumbled across a bunker hidden in a wooded area in the township of Ringle, according to WSAW-TV.

Jeremiah Button disappeared in 2016 just two weeks before trial on charges of child sex assault and child pornography. He was arrested last Friday.

Thomas Nelson, of Wausau, first noticed the log-lined front door of the makeshift home several months ago, half-hidden behind brush and apparently carved into a hillside. Authorities say Button lopped the tops off some trees and even planted others to hide the bunker.

Nelson said "brush marks" led him to the location the first time, but when he saw the door he "couldn't get out of there fast enough." Unable to shake his curiosity, however, he described going back on Friday to investigate:

"I pushed the door open, and I look inside and I can see canned foods, there's little storage boxes, and I'm like... I gotta go in. I come around the corner a bit and there he is, laying in his bed."

Nelson said he was shaking at that point and backed out to call law enforcement from a distance. Deputies responded and took Button into custody after a 20 minute standoff. Deputy Matt Kecker told WSAW that Button appeared almost to welcome the interaction with others.

Once inside the bunker where Button survived for three brutally cold winters, deputies found walls lined floor-to-ceiling with items believed to have been taken from a nearby landfill. Button had reportedly rigged car batteries to solar panels to power LED lights, radios and other devices. He also had a bike-powered generator for cloudy days.

"He was not only surviving, but thriving in this structure through all of the different supplies he was able to find," Detective Lieutenant Jeff Stefonek said. "Not a lot of air comes in from the outside, and it was a small enough space that he was able to survive the winters obviously, and keep himself warm, and it’s cool down there this time of year, and it is stocked full of all of the items that he was able to pilfer from the Marathon County landfill by sorting through garbage."

The one thing he truly lacked, however, was human contact, Stefonek believes. The fugitive told authorities he never left the area and only occasionally spoke with hikers he stumbled across.

Button is accused of sexually assaulting a young relative in Portage County after the alleged abuse was reported in 2014. According to the criminal complaint, the child told a middle school counselor that Button had been assaulting her "over the past four years."

He is due back in court Sept. 16 and is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

Company will pay $1,000 to binge-watch 60 episodes of ‘Friends’

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah-based communications company is offering one lucky Friends fan $1,000 to watch 25 hours of the hit 1990s sitcom. The offer coincidences with the show’s 25th anniversary.

“In honor of the 25th anniversary of Friends’ debut, one lucky candidate’s task will be to watch 25 hours’ worth of the show (roughly 60 episodes) before September 22, 2019. As you work your way through the show, you’ll also be required to live-tweet throughout your experience,” a company spokesperson said. “Once you have completed your marathon, tweet a picture of yourself celebrating the day of September 22 with your own friends (be sure to tag @FrontierCorp in your post) and we will send you your hard-earned reward!”

The perfect candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, and have an active Twitter account. While no college degree is necessary, nor will there be a drug test, applicants must be 18 years or older and a US citizen or permanent resident.

Interested candidates can easily apply here.

Heat, humidity, and storms to end the week

We've certainly enjoyed some comfortable conditions these last few days, void of any extreme heat/humidity. That is about to change as we head into the upcoming weekend.

The dome of heat that stayed in the Quad Cities region for much of July has taken a bit of a jog west allowing us to cool down and enjoy some beneficial rains. That heat dome will be expanding and shifting east as the week comes to an end, also sending the jet stream well to the north. During the transition is when we are likely to see our next decent chances for widespread rainfall.

By Friday morning a cluster of thunderstorms is expected to develop on the edge of the extreme heat somewhere in Iowa and northern parts of Missouri. This activity will move east towards the Quad Cities, likely while dissipating. However, many of us are likely to see some of this activity as we approach sunrise. Leftover boundaries from this initial wave of energy will reignite showers and storms for Friday afternoon and evening.  We will repeat this same process each day into the weekend, but don't go canceling any outdoor plans. This activity is most likely to occur early in the morning and late at night.

Looking back at our temperature trends so far this year, it has been one wild ride. Coming off an extremely chilly and record-breaking January, we've seen our fair share of ups and downs. Last month proved to be much warmer compared to normal and it came as no surprise since we experienced very little in the way of rainfall. So far this month, we've started out warmer and looking long range it will be a trend that continues through the remainder of the month. The one difference is extremely dry conditions are NOT expected to persist as we occasionally get these larger storm complexes to move through. That will in all likelihood keep the threat for additional drought at bay these next few weeks.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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FEMA assessing flood damage in Illinois for possible disaster declaration

GALESBURG, Illinois -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is taking a look at flood damage in Illinois, touring homes in Knox County this week to determine if there's enough damage to request federal help.

A team could be seen visiting the home of Fran Klahvon on Wednesday, about four miles north of Galesburg. FEMA is doing what it calls preliminary damage assessment, a quick interview about the flooding in his basement earlier this year.

"It just came up through and around the foundation all over and it just kept coming in," said Klahvon. "I think the ground was just saturated from all the rain and everything earlier in the spring," he said.

FEMA teams are following up on reports of damage from between February 24th to July 3rd it receives from individual counties across the state. A local official, like the Galesburg fire chief, escorts them to each damaged home. The preliminary damage assessment teams do not conduct an inspection.

"This is only the first step in getting a disaster declaration," said Jann Tracey, FEMA spokesperson. "The first thing we have to do is determine if there`s enough damage to even warrant asking the federal government to step in and help," she said.

Klahvon said he has lived in his home for 46 years, but this was this year was the first time his basement ever flooded.

"We worked at it all night trying to keep the water level down so the only real damage that we had was primarily to the floor and it took out a whole wooden floor," said Klahvon.

FEMA teams are conducting preliminary damage assessments in 20 Illinois counties, a number that could grow depending on the need. It could be weeks before a decision is made on whether to make a disaster declaration.

YOUR HEALTH: A better way to get much-needed help to spinal patients

ORANGE, California – One doctor is trying something new to treat his patient's who face a tough enough life with spinal diseases.

Shawn Stewart was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was three.

"I was walking until the age of 13. I broke my leg at that age. After that, I was no longer able to walk."

He lost function in his arms, legs, and back.   Just breathing became difficult.

For more than 45 years, doctors only treated his symptoms.

Then in 2016, the FDA approved spinraza, a drug that increases production of the SMN protein needed for muscle control.

"I've had patients that had no arm function that can now move their arms," explained Dr. Michael Muhonen, the head of neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Orange County.

"I've had patients that were ventilated, couldn't breathe on their own and they can now breathe."

SMA is a rare degenerative muscle disease.  Patients are missing the nerve cells in the spine that tells muscles to move.

Until now, doctors could only treat symptoms.

The problem was that many SMA patients like Shawn have had spinal fusion.

Giving the drug through a spinal tap three times a year was painful and potentially dangerous.

"You hope that the drug circulates uphill and attacks these areas or latches onto these areas where it will be more effective," said Dr. Muhonen.

Now, he's come up with something different.

"This is a port that allows us to inject the spinraza through this tube, which has 20 holes in the tip of it. This tube goes into the spinal fluid."

"It makes the injections so easy," said Shawn.   "It takes five to ten minutes to get the injection and I'm able to do that sitting up in my wheelchair."

Shawn says in a year and a half on spinraza, his breathing and speech have improved.   And since Dr. Muhonen's port simplifies drug delivery, he has high hopes for the future.

A company in Boston is working on improvements to his port.

"The goal with this was to get something small like this and the tube is very small such that I could put that in the spinal column and there's 20 holes on the end of this and let the fluid drip out of this down the spinal cord," Dr. Muhonen said.

Dr. Muhonen believes delivering the drug in the upper body and having it drip down through the spine will prove to be more effective than having the drug move up from a lumbar puncture.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.


“I was disappointed,” Seniors upset to hear Kamala Harris would not be stopping at CASI during campaign trail

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A Davenport senior center says it's members are disappointed after a missed meeting with presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

At CASI, seniors like Gary Paget have their normal routine.

"I take an exercise class in the morning and then I walk around the hallway here," said Paget as he worked his way around the center.

But on Monday, an opportunity out of the ordinary came up. Presidential candidate Kamala Harris was expected to make a visit that afternoon.

"Her Iowa representative reached out to our staff and asked if they could make an informal stop to meet with a small group of members," CEO of CASI Laura Kopp said. "They wanted somewhat of an intimate feel."

Kopp said Harris' campaign team reached out first to see if it was a possibility, and then again a week prior to the event to confirm.

"I was looking forward to that," Paget said. "Meeting an actual candidate."

But now, Gary and several others say they feel disappointed.

"We were sitting there, and we kept on sitting there and sitting there and sitting there," Paget said. "She didn't show up. Then (management) came in and said 'Well we're trying to get a hold of her' but they couldn't get a hold of her campaign people."

Kopp said her team never heard back from Harris' campaign despite calls for clarification after the senator did not show up.

According to an itinerary sent to media, CASI was never a planned stop on the campaign trail. CASI organizers said they do not have a paper trail, considering all communication with state representatives was done by phone.

On a phone call with News 8, Iowa Communications Director, Miryam Lipper, said campaign organizers called several senior centers in the area as possibilities, but never confirmed an event with CASI.

Kamala Harris' campaign issued a statement saying:

“We are so sorry for any confusion caused by our staff during our conversations with CASI. Senator Harris loved spending time with Seniors in Muscatine and we look forward to having her back in the area soon.”

Kopp said CASI has hosted several candidates and hopes to continue it in the future. CASI has started a "Decision 2020" campaign to "provide the opportunities for education, on both sides of the isle, for (their) membership."

"(Seniors) want to be valued," Kopp said. "I think they want to know that others value their opinion, want to hear their voice, and that they matter."

2 people dead after Muscatine County house fire

FRUITLAND, Iowa- 2 people are dead after a fire in Muscatine.

Firefighters say around 6:59 a.m. August 14, they arrived at a fire at a house on the 2500 block of Stewart Road.

Upon arrival heavy fire was found on the Northside of the building. Crews were able to knock down the fire and it was brought under control in approximately 30 minutes. Smoke damage was throughout, and several rooms of the structure suffered heavy fire damage.

Officials say a cause has not been determined but it does not appear suspicious.

There were two deaths, the names have not been released.

The Red Cross was requested for assistance.

A social media trend is helping local teachers stock up on school supplies

FULTON, Illinois - A social media trend is helping a local teacher cross items off of her wish list during this back to school season.

Nicole Van Zuiden, a first-grade teacher at Fulton Elementary School, is one of many area teachers being impacted by #ClearTheList -  a movement that encourages online shoppers to help teachers purchase the school supplies they need to stock up on.

The entire process is very similar to a wedding registry.

Some educators use Amazon.com to create a "wish list" of items they hope to have in their classroom. Those items include books, pencils, crayons, hand-sanitizer, and some other unique things.

Then, online shoppers can gift items directly to the teachers once the wishlist is made public.

As Van Zuiden gears up for an August 21 back-to-school date, donors are stepping up and purchasing the things she wants and needs to have in her classroom.

She said that by August 14, she had already received more than $250 worth of gifts and was still anticipating more to arrive.

"There's an overwhelming joy to know that people care about our students, care about our teachers, and that people that I don’t even know, are willing to donate items for us," said Van Zuiden.

She said when students are able to learn in environments full of these supplies their "faces light up,"

The RiverBend School District does give teachers a small budget to help cover the costs of basic supplies, but typically, extra supplies are bought with money out of the teachers pocket.

According to a study by the National Center of Education Statistics, public school teachers spend an average of $480 per year on classroom supplies.

For Van Zuiden, who has two children of her own, buying extra supplies can be hard on her bank account.

Now, with the help of #ClearTheList, these gifts will be put to use in a classroom full of first-graders who will enjoy them in the year ahead.

To see Van Zuiden's Back to School Wish List, Click here and sign in.

Police responding to a shooting in Philadelphia where five officers have been shot

(CNN) — Philadelphia police swarmed the area near a shooting in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood where five officers have been shot, Sgt. Eric Gripp said Wednesday via Twitter.

“Multiple injuries to Officers. 5 PPD Officers Shot – at area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Shooting still active,” he wrote.

Philadelphia police were first called to the scene for drug activity, Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told CNN affiliate KYW.

Video from a news helicopter showed more than 50 police vehicles at the scene.

The video also showed police officers kneeling and crouching behind various cars with guns drawn.

Gripp, a spokesman for the department’s public affairs office, also asked media helicopters to “pull back.”

Temple University put its Health Sciences Center, about 2 miles from the standoff, on lockdown, school spokesman Ray Betzner said.

“Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding,” the university said on Twitter.

Pleasure boats and barges share Mississippi River locks

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- Boating season got off to a late start this year due to record flooding in the spring. Now, recreational boaters are sharing the Mississippi River with big barges and other vessels -- and all of them have to use the locks managed by the Army Corps of Engineers to get from one part of the river to the next.

Communication is key on the Mississippi. Boaters can call ahead or pull a signal cord to alert staff at the lock that they want to pass through. But the most effective means of communication is the radio.

As a large pleasure boat approached Lock 15 in Rock Island Friday, Park Ranger Mike McKean explained the radio chatter to News Eight.

"The last one specifically was Lock 15 talking to this pleasure boat because they need to know if they're going to clear because of their height and how big they are."

As a full 15-barge tow locks through the main chamber and heads downriver, several recreational boats could be seen queuing for the auxiliary lock to head upstream.

"We can probably follow them in because they're going to put us all in together at the same time," said McKean.

The government bridge could be seen swinging open to accommodate the large pleasure boat. Typically, recreational boats can pass underneath without issue.

The lock and government bridge are situated next to the world's largest operating roller dam, which generates some electricity. Boaters are advised to stay at least 150 feet away from the dam on the downriver side; 600 feet away on the upriver side.

The dam also creates a difference in river levels on the two sides. The only way from the low side to the high side is through the lock. A horn signals to boaters that they are clear to enter. Lock staff toss ropes down for boaters to grasp as the gravity-operated system fills or empties the chamber.

"So think of it like an elevator, right?" said McKean.

Once the gate opens fully, another horn will sound and boaters are once free to exit through to the other side.

LeClaire woman arrested for scamming family out of fundraiser donations

LECLAIRE, Iowa- A LeClaire woman in charge of donations for a families charity fundraiser deposited the money into her own bank account and spent the money instead of giving it to the family, according to police.

Chief of Police Shane Themas says in May of 2019, the LeClaire Police Department was contacted about a possible theft from a charity fundraiser.

A LeClaire family held a fundraiser in March of 2019 to raise money for medical expenses for their daughter.-Chief Themas

According to police, Barbara Ritter, 59, was in charge of organizing the vendor fair portion of the fundraiser.

The family says Ritter failed to turn over the donated funds from the vendors.

Police say that the total amount owed to the family was $972.

Ms. Ritter deposited the funds into her personal bank account and admitted to using those funds to take care of personal financial obligations.-Chief Themas

Ritter was arrested and charged with theft 3rd degree (aggravated misdemeanor). Ritter was booked into the Scott County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

Mike Tyson says he burns through $40,000 of weed at his ranch every month


Mike Tyson isn’t shy about his love for marijuana.

On Monday’s episode of his podcast, aptly named “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” the former heavyweight champion shared just how much he spends on the psychoactive drug.

“What do we smoke a month?” he asked his co-host, former NFL player turned marijuana advocate Eben Britton. “Is it $40,000 a month?”

“We smoke 10 tons of weed at the ranch a month,” Britton said, referencing Tyson Ranch, the boxer’s forthcoming 40-acre marijuana farm and “resort.”

“Is that crazy?” Tyson asked, though it seemed he already knew the answer.

His guest, rapper Jim Jones, widened his eyes.

“That’s a lot of weed,” he said. “That’s nonstop, every second weed right there.”

Tyson’s latest career pivot might be his most lucrative.

Shortly after California’s recreational marijuana laws went into effect in 2018, he launched Tyson Ranch, which sells nine strains of cannabis flower, potent extracts and soon, edibles.

In addition to production facilities, the luxury resort is set to feature an edible factory, amphitheater and “glamping” campgrounds.

Edward James Olmos on strengthening Latino culture in film

LOS ANGELES -- Edward James Olmos is a legendary Mexican-American actor, director, producer, and activist who has been in film and television roles for over 40 years. He's best known for his roles in Battlestar Galactica, Selena, and Stand and Deliver.

Olmos co-founded the Los Angeles International Film Festival (LALIFF) in 1997 with the mission of strengthening and celebrating Latino lives through film. Throughout his career, Olmos has been an advocate for Latino representation in the entertainment industry.

During his address at the LALIFF, Olmos talked about why it is more important than ever to remain dedicated to strengthening Latino culture in the arts.

Actor Edward James Olmos, LALIFF Co-Founder, Dilcia Barrera, LALIFF Director of programming and Rafael Agustin, LALIFF Executive director (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)

Do not be afraid for we are bilingual but we are also bicultural.

In this current climate that we find ourselves have been extraordinarily difficult for everyone, but for some reason we have been pinpointed out. And the latino community has been hit so hard and has been hit so hard for the last two years.

The only thing I can tell you is, they should have never done that to us.

We started this in 1997 of the strong understanding of the needs and its grown to an extraordinary experience and the reason it's grown to an extraordinary experience is because of all of you.

Over 1,400 students were bound this year and were given the full-time they were in school to learn how to make film and learn to tell their stories.

There is no greater revolutionary act that the proud exhibition of our stories makes at all possible to understand. By us having this voice in the strongest medium and art in the world, which is cinema, music and whole understanding of who we are as a culture. We are telling our own stories and bridging the gap between our communities and the nation at large.

It is important we build bridges and not walls.