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YOUR MONEY with Mark: How a Slowdown in Manufacturing, Jobs Growth is Impacting the Economy

When it comes to YOUR MONEY, we want to take it a step further. That's why Mark Grywacheski appears on Good Morning Quad Cities every Monday to give us his analysis of the latest business, economic, and financial news.

On Monday, August 5th, Mark talked about the July Employment Report that was just released by the U.S. Department of Labor. It showed 164,000 new jobs were added in July 2019 - down from 193,000 jobs created in June 2019. However, Grywacheski said the labor market is still red-hot:

"So far this year, we're averaging a very strong 165,000 new jobs a month, the unemployment rate of 3.7% is still at a 50-year low, and annual wage growth is still at a 10-year high."

There were two more big announcements that took place last week - the latest manufacturing data was released and the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates. Click the video above to hear Grywacheski's analysis and what he thinks the future holds.

Doctor rebuilds child’s voice box in historic surgery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two-year-old Cooper Kilburn was born without a natural way to talk or even breathe. Now, with a doctor's help, he can do both.

Cooper's mom and dad, Brooke and Brad Kilburn, got into a bad car accident when she was 16 weeks pregnant with him. An ultrasound from her doctor in Adamsville, Tennessee revealed something was wrong with Cooper's airway, but her doctor wasn't sure what it was and he sure didn't know how to fix it.

The concerned parents came to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

Dr. Jerome Thompson figured out that Cooper had a rare condition that would leave him with no way to talk or breathe once born. He and his team performed a C-section, but they left the umbilical cord attached and implanted a tube in Cooper's throat known as a trach.

With that device and the help of a ventilator, Cooper would be able to breathe, but he still wouldn't have a voice and was still at risk.

"Eight out of every 100 children who are totally trach dependent die," Thompson told WREG.

That's why, two years later, he performed another surgery. Using parts of Cooper's own ribs, the surgeon sculpted a voice box. It was the first time a procedure like that had ever been done.

"We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat," Thompson said.

The new airway means Cooper can eventually learn to talk and breathe without a ventilator. Right now, he only needs that at night. Thompson says he'll always have the trach but he'll be able to do most things, even play sports if he wants.

His parents are grateful.

"One day, Cooper's going to be telling this and we're not going to have to," Brooke Kilburn said.

Munchie Mondays: The Fluff Screamer

MOLINE, Illinois -- We tried a unique burger from Pennsylvania on Monday, August 5.

News 8's Jonathan Ketz, Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen tried the "Fluff Screamer."

You can get it at Tony's Lunch in Girardville. Fun Fact: The restaurant is not open during lunch. You can find more fun facts about this special sandwich, and the restaurant by clicking on this link.

The burger comes with raw onions, spicy chili sauce and marshmallow fluff. We added chili pepper to ours because the store didn't have any spicy sauce.

Cheese is optional, and Tony's restaurant workers recommend adding a pad of butter on top. It's also recommended to wash down the burger with some TrueMoo chocolate milk.

Click on the video above to find out if the anchors enjoyed it. Hint: The answer may surprise you!

French inventor makes ‘beautiful’ flight across Channel on hoverboard

(CNN) — French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully crossed the Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard for the first time, after a failed attempt last month.

Zapata took off from Sangatte, northern France early on Sunday morning and landed in St. Margarets Bay, near Dover in England. The journey took just over 20 minutes, according to Reuters news agency.

“I had the chance to land in an extraordinary place. It’s beautiful. My first thought was to my family. It was huge. Thanks to my wife who always supports me in crazy projects. We worked very hard,” he told CNN affiliate BFMTV.

The inventor said that he tried to “take pleasure in not thinking about the pain,” even though “his thighs were burning.”

Franky Zapata on his jet-powered “flyboard” lands at St. Margaret’s Bay in Dover, on August 4, 2019, during his attemp to fly across the 35-kilometre (22-mile) Channel crossing in 20 minutes, while keeping an average speed of 140 kilometres an hour (87 mph) at a height of 15-20 metres (50-65 feet) above the sea. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Zapata, a former jet ski racing champion, took to the skies in July on his Flyboard Air vehicle but missed a platform mounted on a boat as he tried to land midway for refueling. The 40-year-old was uninjured in the fall into the sea, and said that he worked “15 to 16 hours a day to rebuild the machine.”

In an interview after he completed his journey across the Channel, Zapata said that for his next challenge he was working on a flying car and had signed contracts, but for now he “was tired” and “wants a vacation,” he told BFMTV.

The inventor captured the world’s imagination when he took to the skies above Paris at Bastille Day parade in July with the board that can reach an altitude of nearly 500 feet — with the potential to go much higher — and a speed of 87mph.

Zapata has worked with the US and French militaries, with the French investing $1.4 million to pay for tests of the board. French special forces are interested in the flying board for several uses, including as a possible assault device, said Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.

The English Channel has been crossed in many innovative ways over the years — including by hovercraft, hot air balloon, monoski, gondola, pedalo and glider and parachute.

On 25 July 1909, French aviator Louis Blériot made the first airplane flight between continental Europe and Great Britain in a monoplane.

In 1875, British marine captain Matthew Webb was the first to swim from Dover to Calais, completing the journey in 21 hours and 45 minutes.

Franky Zapata poses with his wife Krystel and other team members as he signs a register at the end of a press conference on August 4, 2019 in Sangatte after he succeeded earlier today on his second attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered “Flyboard” hoverboard. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump claims he wants ‘strong background checks’ on guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Washington "must come together" in the wake of two mass shootings this weekend to "get strong background checks" for gun users. But he is providing no details on what sort of legislation he would support.

Trump, who will make remarks later Monday, tweeted about the weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 29 dead and dozens wounded. He said: "We can never forget them, and those many who came before them."

The Democrat-led House has passed a gun control bill that includes fixes to the nation's firearm background check system, but it has languished in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Trump suggested Monday that a background check bill could be paired with his long-sought effort to toughen the nation's immigration system. But he didn't say how.

A soccer player called out Congress on gun control during a game

(CNN) -- A Major League Soccer player took a moment to call out Congress over gun control after scoring a goal Sunday.

Alejandro Bedoya, who plays for the Philadelphia Union, scored a goal during his team's match against D.C. United in Washington.

Immediately after the goal, Bedoya sprinted over to the field microphone in Audi Field.

"Hey Congress, do something now. End gun violence, let's go," he yelled into the microphone.

It wasn't the first time the US men's national soccer team member issued his opinion on the issue of gun violence.
Earlier on Sunday, he took to Twitter to express his thoughts, saying "Seeing more thoughts and prayers bullsh*t. Words without actions are just worthless," the tweet reads.

Bedoya continued to say that it was time for legal action to be taken. "America, it seems, is becoming a dystopian society. Do something!!! Enough!!!"

One person responded to his initial tweet, saying Bedoya didn't have a plan or "real input."

Bedoya replied that he isn't a policymaker but hopes that stricter gun laws can be enacted.

"You want some plans," the tweet said. "We can start with stricter background checks, red flag laws, making a registry for gun purchases, closing gun show loopholes, and taxing ammunition. Better for you?"

Here’s the timing for the first storms in nearly three weeks

July 17th was the last time we had more than a tenth of an inch of rain. Before that? July 3rd! Rainfall amounts will not be significant unless you are one of the lucky ones who get rain for more than a few hours.

As the atmosphere heats up today, a few showers and storms will be possible.  Notice, I used the word "few." I believe the more numerous activity will remain out in Central Iowa for the day ahead. After 6pm, storms will be more numerous in our local area of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

There's a chance for severe weather across Central and Northern Iowa today, mainly for damaging wind potential. As storms enter our airspace this evening, they should be in a weakening phase...but still could produce some locally damaging wind.

It will remain warm Tuesday with an isolated storm. Storm chances remain moot for the remainder of the week.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Roof burned away in fire, homeowner escapes

BETTENDORF, Iowa-- Firefighters are trying to figure out what caused a house fire over the weekend.

Crews were called to the 4800 block of Kynnelworth Drive around 2 a.m. Saturday, August 3. Investigators say the fire started on the deck. Much of it was burned away. Our News 8 Drone showed the flames extended up the back wall to the roof of the house.

Crews say the home was heavily damaged. The homeowner was able to get out along with his dogs. No one was hurt.

Nickelback fan goes up on stage to play with band for the (second) chance of a lifetime

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – It’s the kind of thing that happens once in a lifetime, but in Mitch Paulsen’s case it happened twice.

“It was the Jones County Fair back in 2017,” Paulsen remembers. “I got to sing ‘Rockstar’ with them.”

He sang with Nickelback once at the Jones County Fair and now a played guitar with them for a second time at the Mississippi Valley Fair Saturday night.

“I went from vocals to guitar last night,” Paulsen explains.

Out of 28,000 fans at the Nickelback concert Saturday night, Paulsen was the lucky one. But it wouldn’t have been possible without his creative idea that paid off, literally.

“Here’s the sign I made up,” he explains. “It says “1 Canadian nickel each if I can play ‘Animals’ with you”.”

Paulsen has played the guitar for 20 years and last week he practiced Nickelback’s song ‘Animal’ 24 times to live his dream once again.

“Once I got up on that stage and got that guitar strapped on me, it just all went away,” Paulsen says.

The band may not remember Paulsen from the first time he debuted with them, but everyone in Saturday night’s crowd will.

“At one point they even said my name,” reminisces Paulsen. “Hearing 28,000 people say “let’s go Mitch” was very powerful.”

For now, he’s taking his claim to fame with a new nickname.

“I’m calling myself “Mitch from Nickelback” just because I it sounds funny – if it catches on it catches on,” Paulsen comments.

Paulsen says his advice if you want to get on stage with Nickelback is: get up front, grab their attention, bring a neon green sign, and carry some Canadian nickels.

 

Florida couple arrested after allegedly running red light, killing motorcyclist, stealing car

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFTS) — A couple involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash and subsequent carjacking early Saturday morning in Pasco County have been arrested.

Troopers said Cody Bearry, 31, and Breanna Wright, 23, ran a red light, hitting and killing 26-year-old Angel Fiallos, who was on a motorcycle, just before 7:30 a.m.

The couple’s 2000 Dodge Dakota continued through the intersection hitting another vehicle, which was then propelled into a fourth vehicle, troopers said. The drivers of those vehicles suffered minor injuries.

After the crash, the couple ran across the highway to a Wawa where they got into a fight with another motorist, carjacking a green 2002 Saturn two-door. Bearry and Wright reportedly then drove away eastbound on SR-54.

Troopers said Pasco County deputies located the stolen Saturn Saturday afternoon and chased the couple.

When the pursuit ended, troopers said Bearry ran away.

Wright was taken into custody, and Bearry was later caught after a search through woods and a canal.

Bearry faces a charge from the Florida Highway Patrol of leaving the scene of a crash involving death. Investigations by FHP and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office into this incident remain active.

Tracking the best chance for rain Monday

Rain remains scarce in the Quad Cities, but the warm temperatures have not been in short supply. It's now been nearly three weeks since our last rainfall of significance. That is a trend we hope to end as early as Monday evening.

A cold front will drop south from northern Iowa by Monday evening fueling a round of showers and thunderstorms. The most widespread rains will take place to our north. With the front working through so late in the day, there won't be much in the way of dynamics left for these storms to work with by the time they reach us here after 7pm. These storms will likely be in a weakening phase and become scattered as they continue to drive south. Sadly, this means not everyone is going to pick up some much-needed rainfall.

Locations west of the Mississippi River will have the best shot at seeing measurable rainfall of any significance as this activity will be the strongest there. The remainder of the Quad Cities region will be lucky to pick up one-quarter of an inch from this activity.  Any severe storms will be limited to extreme northeast Iowa, north of Cedar Rapids, Monticello and Dubuque. All of this activity will move out by sunrise Tuesday morning.

Many if you have noticed large cracks developing in your yard due in part to the recent drought conditions taking over the Quad Cities. While it isn't a significant drought by any means, it has been enough to dry out the topsoil.  When the soil is moist thanks to rains, that moisture acts to pad the dirt particles helping them to expand and fill in empty space that would otherwise be occupied by air. As the soil dries out, those same dirt particles begin to compact and move closer to each other. With no moisture to pad them, that compaction opens up good-sized cracks in the dirt surface. It's very similar to an ordinary household sponge. When dry, it's as hard as a rock. When wet, it expands and can move easily. Same concept here.

While Monday night's rains likely won't be enough to improve the appearance of your yard, we'll take anything we can get at this point. The next chance for rain is again another week's wait away.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Today proclaimed German-American heritage day in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- City council proclaimed today German-American heritage day in Davenport, Iowa.

The new holiday comes on the 25th anniversary at the German-American Heritage Center, founded back in 1994.

Today, the center is celebrating the anniversary and the proclamation.

"We honor the German roots here in Davenport and Scott County," said Kelly Lao, the center's executive director. "Many of the businesses and industries still here today were brought to us by a group of immigrants that fled failed revolutions and prosecutions and found freedom here in Davenport."

The German-American Heritage Center was one of the first centers visited by the consul general from Chicago's Federal Republic of Germany during today's celebration.

The center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Doggy Days at Bent River Brewing Company supports local animal shelters

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- Bent River Brewing Company is lending a hand to local animal shelters by hosting fundraising events for owners and their dogs.

Today, plenty of pups and their owners stopped by Doggy Days at the Rock Island brewery to grab a drink, a bite to eat and some treats.

The money raised today by raffles and donations will benefit the Quad City Animal Welfare Center in Milan, Illinois.

"The best part about this is the money for the animals," said Sherry Phillips, the shelter's board president. "Without the donations and support of the community here, we wouldn't be able to do what we do. We save animals on a daily basis."

The brewery is hosting several more Doggy Days to benefit shelters across the Quad Cities -- Sept. 1st, Sept. 15th, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20th.

18th annual jazz service features Bix Beiderbecke classics during serivce

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- A local church mixed things up during church this morning, playing Bix Beirderbecke classics during service.

This was the 18th annual jazz service at the Church of Peace in Rock Island, Illinois.

Members of the church make up this band. During church, they played traditional hymns and during bible verses, along with music from Davenport native Bix Beiderbecke.

"We've always liked the music of traditional jazz and of Bix so we thought why not bring it to church," said Jessica Wayternick, the band's conductor. "Everyone else likes it too."

Wayternick also says connecting to Bix Beirderbeck is an advantage for the Quad City band.

Tennessee couple arrested after investigators find drugs, gun in raid on home day care

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A couple is facing a list of charges after investigators found drugs, cash and a gun at their house, which was also operating as a home day care, according to court records.

Investigators said they caught Tony Butler, 36, selling drugs from his car Thursday outside the McDonalds on Getwell Road. Detectives had been watching him as part of a drug investigation.

Court records show detectives pulled up behind Butler and turned on their lights and sirens after he sold drugs to an undercover officer, but Butler tried to speed off and rammed a patrol car. Nobody was injured.

In Butler’s car, investigators said they found marijuana, cocaine, crack, fentanyl, heroin, ecstasy and promethazine cough syrup.

Detectives also raided a house on Valley Glynn Drive, where they say they found more cocaine, digital scales, cash stashed throughout the master bedroom and a .357 revolver in a living room closet.

All these items were found in the same home where investigators say Butler’s girlfriend, Shemeka Rodgers, 34, was running a home day care.

“It’s shocking and it’s scary," one woman in the neighborhood, who didn't want to be identified, said.

She said she constantly sees young children coming and going from the house.

“Just traffic in and out in the mornings and the afternoons, dropping children off and picking them up," she said. “I would be terrified to think that my children had been there.”

WREG checked records from the Department of Human Resources, but out of the 10 licensed home daycare providers in that zip code, Rodgers isn’t listed.

WREG reached out to DHS to see if Rodgers has a license to operate a home day care in Tennessee, but haven’t gotten a response.

She and Butler will be in court Monday.

95-year-old veteran recreates war experience by going skydiving

ROCHELLE, Ill. — A 95-year-old veteran recreated his war experience - without the fear and conflict - by taking a plunge high above in a far west suburb.

Joe Cook strapped up and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane in Rochelle to recreate his experience almost 75 years ago.

In October of 1944, Cook was on his 16th mission in a B-24 bomber when his plane was shot down. Six of the ten crewmen parachuted out safely. Cook and the other five spent seven months in a German prisoner-of-war camp until the war was over.

At 13,000 feet, Cook and his tandem instructor jumped from an airplane. This time, there were no fear of bombs or bullets - just the thrill of the dive.

This was a three generation jump. Cook's daughter, Marian, and grandson, Joe, took the plunge as well.

Cook returned from the war and got his doctorate in mathematical physics through the GI Bill. He worked at Argonne National Laboratory for 40 years.

Cook said he plans to jump again in honor of the four crewman who did not make it safely out of the B-24.

Dashcam video shows officer dragged onto interstate, thrown into traffic

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dashcam video shows an officer in the Atlanta area being dragged onto a major interstate during a traffic stop and then thrown into traffic.

Police said Dunwoody officers pulled over a driver Thursday for violating Georgia's hands-free law.

As Officer Nathan Daley was speaking to the driver, the car took off; Daley held on.

A second officer got back in the patrol car and followed.

Daley was eventually thrown from the car and onto the interstate.

Police said the driver continued on, hitting other cars before he pulled over and ran off. He was chased down and arrested.

The driver faces a series of charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer and trafficking ecstasy.

Daley was treated for injuries at the hospital and is now recovering at home.

Former narcotics supervisor sentenced for stealing meth that was seized as evidence

TULSA, Okla. – A former narcotics supervisor at an Oklahoma sheriff’s office was sentenced for stealing methamphetamine that had been seized as evidence.

Officials say 48-year-old Brett Alan Mull was sentenced to six months in federal prison and six months of home detention. Following imprisonment, Mull will serve two years on supervised release.

In April, Mull pleaded guilty to tampering with or destruction of evidence and acquiring methamphetamine through deception.

Officials said Mull used his position as a narcotics supervisor with the Mayes County Sheriff’s office to gain access to methamphetamine in order to support his addiction.

In 2017, Mull began removing OSBI evidence submittal envelopes containing the illicit drug before the evidence was booked into the property room. In 2018, investigators discovered altered evidence submittal envelopes, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine during searches of Mull’s home.

“There is a social contract between the public and the police that is built on mutual trust, respect and accountability. Brett Mull violated that contract, and for that, there must be consequences,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said. “Mull fell into the clutches of addiction and then repeatedly broke the law. He altered evidence. He confiscated methamphetamine from suspects and then used that same meth to get high. Today, he faced the consequences for his actions. I am proud of the integrity of the entire prosecution team to bring these offenses to light and pursue justice.”

Dashcam shows Alaska police car narrowly missing moose and calf on highway

A moose and her calf had a close call with an Anchorage Police Department patrol car last week when they rushed onto a highway right in front of the officer.

The moose and calf fell on the highway but promptly got back up and continued on their way.

Police posted about the incident on Facebook saying, “This is a great reminder: we share this beautiful place with all kinds of wildlife. They’re always around. Keep an eye out and be safe!”

Hundreds of moose die every year in Alaska in collisions with vehicles, according to the state Department of Fish and Game. On average, about 120 moose meet their end a year just in Anchorage, where about 40 percent of the state’s people live.

Florida police officer finds long-lost half brother – a sergeant in the same state

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) — A pair of Florida law enforcement officers are more than just brothers in blue; they recently discovered they’re also half brothers.

According to the Boynton Beach Police Department, Officer Eric Reynolds received an email last month from a man named David Stull, a sergeant with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Central Florida.

“According to 23andMe, we are half-brothers,” Stull said in his email. “I was adopted as an infant and have very little knowledge of my family history, so I have no way of knowing the validity of this.”

BBPD said Reynolds himself used 23andMe, a DNA genetic testing company, three years ago to learn more about his family’s ancestry, but he never imagined this.

“It was pretty stressful, it was emotional, it was sad because I didn’t know the story of his history,” said Reynolds at a news conference Friday. “We’re still learning so much about each other. It’s amazing.”

“I was expecting to see cousins and stuff like that. The top of the list said half-brother. I hadn’t considered that possibility,” Stull said. “It just kind of blew up from there.”

Reynolds and Stull met for the first time July 20.

“My wife is always like, ‘are you texting your brother again?'” Stull said. “Of course, because we have 50 years to make up for it.”

“We’re both retiring soon so we’ll have plenty of time to catch up,” Reynolds said. “I have a chapter, he has a chapter, now we have a third chapter to work on.”

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