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THIS WEEK: Republicans look to cut Iowa income tax this year

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's Governor is calling for another cut in income taxes in the state, just two years after lawmakers approved the biggest income tax cut in state history.

"I'm proposing to cut income taxes by an additional 10% for almost every Iowan, with lower-income Iowans receiving as much as a 25% cut," said Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds during her Condition of the State address before lawmakers in Des Moines.

It comes as Iowa is seeing a strong economy, despite farmers dealing with falling commodity prices and issues associated with international trade that weren't resolved until the start of 2020.

"Our state is in a very good fiscal state," said Iowa State Sen. Chris Cournoyer, a Republican from LeClaire.

"We have a balanced budget, we have full cash reserves, and we're looking at an estimated $490 million surplus for the current fiscal year," said Sen. Cournoyer during WQAD's "News 8 This Week with Jim Mertens".

State Sen. Chris Cournoyer also talks about health care in Iowa, her top priorities, and abortion legislation in the NEWS 8 THIS WEEK EXTRA found at the WQAD Jim Mertens Facebook page.

Under the governor's plan, Iowa will try to reduce property taxes as well in an effort to ease the tax burden on residents and to attract more people to live in the state.

But the governor is also proposing a one cent increase in the sales tax to help pay for those cuts in income and property taxes.

"Well, the Devil's in the details," said Sen. Cournoyer.

"I think a discussion on continually easing the tax burden on Iowans is always on the forefront of the Republican's minds," she said.

Sen. Cournoyer says her top 2020 priority is dependable state funding of Iowa schools.

She also says as vice chair of the Senate's Education Committee she also hopes to deal with behavioral issues in schools including the controversial "room clearing" tactic where teachers clear a classroom of students if one student becomes uncontrollable.

"Schools should be a safe place for students and teachers alike."

Sportscast January 18, 2020

Illinois holds off in state rival Northwestern 75-71.

Rock Island needs overtime to beat Lincoln 54-53 in a battle of top 10 ranked teams.

45th Geneseo Wrestling Invitational has several local grapplers going for gold.

Iowa stays perfect this season in wrestling as they beat Nebraska 26-6.

Bitter cold brings “booms” and low wind chills

The snow has finally come to an end, but the strong winds will continue with us for the rest of the night. Those gusty winds combined with falling temperatures in the single digits below zero tonight into Sunday morning will create low wind chill values. A Wind Chill Advisory is in place for the entire Quad Cities region until noon Sunday.

A quick recap of snowfall totals across the region shows many locations picked up between 2 and 6 inches of snow. Most of this fell during the early evening Friday before a layer of ice formed thanks to freezing rain. This icy layer actually saved us from blowing and drifting snow as the strong winds moved in this afternoon. Our neighbors to the north though were not as lucky. Road conditions continue to remain poor north of the Quad Cities where a little more light snow fell this afternoon. Those conditions will slowly improve by Sunday morning.

The Arctic front that moved through early this afternoon brought a dramatic temperature change with it as we went from 30s to now the single digits in just a matter of hours. We've already received a couple reports of loud booms, likely frost quakes. Water that is in the ground has rapidly frozen and expanded with these much colder temperatures. That expansion is what causes the loud "boom" that you hear. We will likely get a few more reports of these tonight.

Wind chill values will likely dip close to if not exceed 25 degrees below zero tonight into Sunday morning. We won't see much improvement during the day either as strong winds continue and highs are limited to the single digits above zero. This will keep wind chills in the 10 to 15 degree below zero range for much of the day. If you are going to be outside, make sure and cover any exposed skin. Frostbite can occur in less than 30 minutes with these conditions present. These low wind chill values will stick around through at least Monday afternoon before the winds really begin to ease up. Tuesday will also see huge improvements as we get rid of the strong winds.

Some warmth will begin to return by Wednesday of next week as the Arctic air mass modifies some. Of course, we'll have a brand new weather system to track around this time as well. Look for a rain and snow mix to return as early as Wednesday evening.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

A 14-year-old girl was kidnapped by three men and used Snapchat to alert her friends, police say

(CNN) — A 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped in Northern California used Snapchat to share her location with her friends, who then called 911, police said.

The girl met Albert Thomas Vasquez, 55, in Capitola on Tuesday, the San Jose Police Department said in statement.

Vasquez gave the girl drugs and she became incapacitated, police said. He called two other men — 34-year-old Antonio Quirino Salvador and 31-year-old Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga — to help move the girl in their vehicle.

Vasquez then sexually assaulted the girl in the vehicle, police said. The men drove the girl to a motel in San Jose, where they carried her to a room on the second floor and Vasquez sexually assaulted her again, police said.

While in the hotel, the girl used the Snapchat app on her phone to tell her friends that she had been kidnapped, but didn’t know where she was, police said. Her friends determined her location through the app and called 911.

Once police arrived, they found Vasquez leaving the motel room with the girl inside. He was arrested on charges of kidnapping to commit rape, digital penetration with a child under 14 with force, false imprisonment, lewd act with a child and rape by intoxication or controlled substance.

The two other men — Salvador and Avarenga — were arrested Wednesday on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy, police said.

Snapchat is a social media app that allows users to communicate with others through instant pictures and videos. Friends on the app can choose to share their locations with one another if the app is open, according to Snapchat developers.

CNN has not been able to determine whether the men have attorneys.

Crowds turn out for the 4th annual Women’s March, and 2020 election issues are front and center

(CNN) — Donning their iconic pink knit pussyhats, women and their allies are gathering Saturday across the United States for the fourth annual Women’s March.

In Washington, where the main event is being held, participants — many toting tough-worded signs — gathered in Freedom Plaza and planned to march around the White House in a symbolic blitz of President Donald Trump, whose election and inauguration prompted the first Women’s March in January 2017.

“We are so angry and channeling that rage into empowering our communities, into coming out and engaging our communities in a powerful way so that this administration can come to an end,” Isa Noyola, a Women’s March board member, told CNN.

“Our communities,” she said, “our powerful women deserve so much more.”

In New York, marchers gathered in Columbus Circle and listened to speeches and performers who echoed the Women’s March organization’s broad swath of principles, like protecting reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, immigrant rights and environmental justice, among others.

Among the speakers there was Evelyn Yang, the wife of presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Yang this week told CNN she was sexually assaulted by her OB-GYN while she was pregnant with their first child.

“You might have heard that I’m standing here today also as a survivor of sexual assault,” she told the crowd. “There are far too many of us.”

Yang described discovering that other women had also been assaulted and the doctor got a plea deal that allowed him to register as the lowest-level sex offender. The doctor’s attorney has denied Yang’s allegations in legal filings.

“I wish I could say this was an isolated case, a freak example of injustice, but unfortunately it is not,” she said. “Far too many women in our society are harmed and hurt and then betrayed and betrayed again by the institutions that are meant to protect us.”

Marches were held in other cities, too, like in Syracuse, New York, where Melanie Nappa participated. She told CNN that she was at the march in part because of her daughters, one of whom will be able to vote for the first time this year. They carried signs with messages like, “Public cervix announcement: no uterus, no opinion.”

“The Trump administration,” Nappa said, “in its attempts to restrict and roll back safeguards for women and marginalized populations requires engagement and social activism.”

The Women’s March organization has suffered from growing pains since its first show of force in 2017.

Controversy and allegations of anti-Semitism surrounding its founders eventually led to three of them stepping down from the board last year. They had denied the allegations. The Women’s March then appointed 17 new leaders to the board.

4 killed, 1 wounded in Utah shooting

(CNN) — Four people were shot to death at a residence in Grantsville, Utah, according to police.

A fifth person also was shot Friday night and is in the hospital. The suspected shooter is in custody.

Investigators are confident there was only one shooter and there is no further danger to the community, said police Cpl. Rhonda Fields.

Fields could not immediately release the ages or names of the victims or suspect. She would not say whether any of those involved were related to each other. Fields says they are still working to notify the family members of the victims.

Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted his condolences to the victims’ families. “Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out of Grantsville tonight,” he said. “We mourn over the loss of innocent lives.”

Grantsville, a town of about 11,000 people, is about 35 miles southwest of Salt Lake City in Tooele County.

Virginia House Republican leader to hate groups: ‘You are not welcome here’

(CNN) — The Virginia House Republican leader said anyone spreading “white supremacist garbage” is not welcome in Richmond after a state of emergency was declared because of threats surrounding a gun rights rally planned for Monday.

“Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence, or civil unrest isn’t welcome here,” Todd Gilbert said Saturday in a statement.

Federal authorities arrested a number of suspected neo-Nazis around the country this week out of concern that they were planning violent acts at Monday’s gun rights rally in Richmond, a senior FBI official said Friday. Seven men accused of belonging to a white supremacist group called The Base were arrested this week in separate raids in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland and Wisconsin, according to authorities.

“House Republicans reject any attempt by any group to infuse any kind of twisted or extreme worldview into this fundamentally democratic exercise,” Gilbert’s statement continued. “So there’s no mistake, this is my message to any group that would subvert this event: you are not welcome here.”

“While we and our Democratic colleagues may have differences, we are all Virginians and we will stand united in opposition to any threats of violence or civil unrest from any quarter,” Gilbert said. Gilbert represents the 15th district in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency this week after law enforcement learned of the threats and that out-of-state militia groups and hate groups are expected to attend the rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Firearms and other weapons have been banned on state Capitol grounds.

The threats, which are considered credible by law enforcement, come from mainstream channels and alternative dark web ones used by violent groups and white nationalists from outside of Virginia, according to Northam. The governor added “the conversations are fueled by misinformation and conspiracy theories.”

Northam said the state of emergency will be in place from Friday evening to Tuesday evening. The firearm ban includes open and concealed firearms and other weapons like sticks, bats and chains, according to the emergency declaration order.

A Richmond Circuit Court Judge denied the application for a temporary injunction of Northam’s executive order banning guns at Monday’s rally, which was filed by Gun Owners of America Inc., the Virginia Citizens Defense League, and three private individuals.

House Democrats make their case for removing Trump from office

(CNN) — House Democrats on Saturday released their argument for why President Donald Trump should be removed from office by the Senate in the upcoming impeachment trial.

The Democrats filed to the Senate their trial brief, a summary explaining why the House passed two articles of impeachment last month charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“President Trump’s conduct is the Framers’ worst nightmare,” the managers wrote in the brief.

“President Donald J. Trump used his official powers to pressure a foreign government to interfere in a United States election for his personal political gain, and then attempted to cover up his scheme by obstructing Congress’s investigation into his misconduct,” the managers wrote in the brief. “The Constitution provides a remedy when the President commits such serious abuses of his office: impeachment and removal. The Senate must use that remedy now to safeguard the 2020 U.S. election, protect our constitutional form of government, and eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security.”

The brief is the first of multiple filings that both the House and the President’s lawyers will submit in the coming days ahead of the substantive start of the trial on Tuesday. The President’s response to the articles of impeachment, which is separate from the response to the trial brief itself, is due at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday.

The legal filings are the paper version of the arguments that will play out on the Senate floor starting next week, as the chamber is transformed from legislative body to courtroom. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is presiding over the proceedings, and the Senate is being adjusted for the trial, including adding the ability to play audio and video, normally forbidden in the chamber.

House Democrats charge that Trump abused his office by withholding $400 million in security aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine while pressuring Kiev to open investigations into the President’s political rivals. Then, they say, he obstructed the congressional investigation of his misconduct with an unprecedented blockade of House subpoenas to Trump administration agencies and officials.

The President’s legal team is expected to file a brief Saturday evening charging that the impeachment articles are “constitutionally invalid on their face,” according to sources close to the legal team. The sources said the response will argue that the abuse of power article alleges no violation of law and said does “lasting damage to the separation of powers,” and that Trump was within his rights to ignore invalid requests from Congress during the impeachment inquiry.

The Senate will return Tuesday by passing a resolution outlining the rules of the impeachment trial, which is expected to be approved only with Republican votes.

The text of the resolution has not been released. But it’s expected to punt the question of calling witnesses until after opening arguments and senators’ questions, while including an opportunity to vote on whether the Senate should have witnesses. Senate GOP leaders are also considering condensing the number of days for opening arguments, according to sources familiar with the matter, splitting the 24 hours given to each side into two, 12-hour days instead of four, six-hour days that were used during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.

House Democratic aides said they would be watching for any deviation from the Clinton precedent, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he’s following, including the number of days for arguments. By shortening the number of days for arguments, it helps Senate Republicans speed up the trial with the President’s State of the Union address looming on February 4.

A Senate GOP aide argued that Senate Republicans have “every right to make this shorter rather than longer.

“There are only two counts and not exactly a mountain of evidence. Certainly, not the evidence that was compiled in Watergate and ’98,” the aide said.

But a fight over logistics of the trial is just an opener for the larger fight over whether there will be witnesses in the trial. Senate Democrats have called for four witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and they’ve pointed to the new documents provided to the House by indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas as evidence the trial should have witnesses and additional documents.

A source involved in discussions said that the Senate is expected to have at least one closed session Tuesday while senators debate the rules. When that happens, everyone has to leave the chamber, including the House managers and the President’s defense team, the source said. The Senate goes into closed session during the impeachment trial because senators are jurors and are not allowed to speak during the trial.

The seven House impeachment managers, led by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, are returning to Washington Sunday to prepare for the trial, according to Democratic aides. The managers will do a walk-through of the Senate chamber on Monday.

The aides said much of the paperwork, arguments and other materials for the trial have already been drafted by staff who have been working on the preparations over the past month. They plan to continue to “refine it” over the weekend, one of the sources said.

The President’s legal team will respond to the House’s brief by 12 p.m., ET Monday. The House will then have the chance to counter to the President’s trial brief by 12 p.m., ET on Tuesday. Separately, the House has a deadline of 12 p.m., ET on Monday to respond to the President’s answer to the impeachment articles that’s due Saturday evening.

Plane skids on taxiway at Quad City International Airport due to poor conditions

MOLINE, Illinois -- Passengers aboard Delta flight 4241 were in for a shock Saturday afternoon when the plane slid on the taxiway.

According to Quad City International Airport, the plane was taxiing on the tarmac just after 1 p.m. The flight was carrying dozens of passengers and crew headed for Detroit, Michigan.

The airport says that it had accurately reported poor conditions on the taxiways, while the runways were clear and in good condition.

Metrolink responded to the scene to transfer passengers from the aircraft back to the terminal. No injuries were reported.

The airport says it is continuously clearing ice from last night’s storm. High winds are also being reported. This may lead to additional delays so the airport is urging passengers or those waiting for arrivals to contact their airline directly for more information.

Just after 1 pm, an outbound Delta flight slid while taxiing. No injuries were reported. The airport accurately reported poor conditions on the taxiways. MetroLink responded to transfer passengers to the terminal. Runways remain in good condition. pic.twitter.com/orQognruj0

— qcairport (@qcairport) January 18, 2020

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

This December 2019 photo provided by Guy Ballard shows a male brush-tailed rock wallaby eating supplementary food researchers provided in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in New South Wales, Australia.

Much of Australia is still ablaze in an unprecedented wildfire season that has already charred an area the size of Kentucky.

Scientists fear that some of Australia’s unique and colorful endangered species may not recover.

Now they are looking for surviving representatives of rare species including the kangaroo-like brush-tailed rock wallabies, and helping threatened creatures get enough food and water in recently scorched forests.

Koalas are not now in imminent danger of extinction, but scientists worry that the iconic marsupial’s habitat has been greatly reduced by wildfires.

FILE – This early January 2020 photo provided by Dana Mitchell from the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park shows a rescued koala injured in a bushfire in Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

More than one billion animals have been killed in the Australian bushfires, according to one estimate.

University of Sydney professor Christopher Dickman told NPR that “there’s nothing quite to compare with the devastation that’s going on over such a large area so quickly.”

Scientists say climate change is making massive wildfires more common.

This 2017 photo provided by David Stowe shows a female regent honeyeater in Capertee National Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have agreed to stop using their “royal highness” titles and will no longer receive public funds after a deal was struck for them to step aside as senior royals, according to Buckingham Palace.

The palace said in a statement Saturday that the couple will repay some 2.4 million pounds of taxpayers’ money that was spent renovating Frogmore Cottage, their home near Windsor Castle.

As part of the new arrangement, the couple will be required to step back from all Royal duties and can no longer “formally represent The Queen.”

In her own statement on Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II said she recognizes the challenges Harry and Meghan have “experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years” and the Queen said she supports their wish for a more independent life.

The Queen added that she is “pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life,” the Queen’s statement read.

As part of the deal, Frogmore Cottage will remain Harry and Meghan’s family home in the UK, according to the palace. The couple is expected to split their time between the UK and Canada.

Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world by revealing their plans to step down as “senior members” of the royal family. While the couple’s Instagram announcement made it seem like it was a done deal, the Queen’s office responded with a terse statement that claimed discussions were still at “an early stage.”

A Royal Summit was held earlier this week so the family could come to an agreement on the best path forward.

Meghan and Harry also posted the Queen’s statement Saturday on their official Instagram account.

“With the Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations,” the palace statement said.

Buckingham Palace said the new arrangement will take effect in Spring 2020. It also said it would not comment on what security arrangements will be in place for the royal couple.

The US Space Force has revealed its utility uniform, and the internet has things to say about it

(CNN) — The new US Space Force has shown off its utility uniform, and it’s bound to look familiar.

Technically, the nation’s freshest military branch revealed its new name tapes, which attach to the uniform. “U.S. Space Force” can be read in blue embroidery, a Twitter entry posted Friday shows.

The larger point is that the name tapes are going on the same kind of camouflage uniforms already in use by the Army and Air Force.

“USSF is utilizing current Army/Air Force uniforms, saving costs of designing/producing a new one,” the branch posted in a follow-up tweet.

Plenty of Twitter users responded with wisecracks — or had questions — about a space-focused service using camouflage.

“Camo in space?” one said. “More wasted tax dollars. Great job!”

Others thought more creativity or inspiration was called for, like maybe something inspired by Starfleet.

The Space Force’s Twitter manager noted these, and pointed out that not only was the branch trying to be cost-effective, members aren’t exactly in space, yet.

“Members will look like their joint counterparts they’ll be working with, on the ground,” the branch tweeted.

President Donald Trump created the newest military branch on December 20.

Some active duty airmen currently in the Air Force’s already-existing Space Command will be assigned to the new branch but will remain in the Air Force for the time being, officials have said.

Some 5,000 to 6,000 personnel out of the current 16,000 will eventually be transferred to the Space Force, a senior US Air Force official told CNN last year.

The branch gave no public word about a dress uniform Friday.

Washington Post: National Archives admits to altering photo of 2017 Women’s March

(CNN) — The National Archives admitted to altering a 2017 photograph of the Women’s March to censor signs referencing women’s anatomy and President Donald Trump’s name, according to The Washington Post.

The photograph, taken by Getty Images’ Mario Tama, shows a sea of people marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, on January 21, 2017 — a day after Trump’s inauguration.

In changes to the original photo, Trump’s name is blurred from signs that read: “God Hates Trump” and “Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women,” according to the Post. According to the Post, the word p***y is also blocked out from one sign and the word vagina is no longer visible in another.

CNN has reached out to the National Archives for comment. In a statement provided to the Post, the National Archives said the decision “as a non-partisan, non-political federal agency” to blur Trump’s name was to avoid engaging in “current political controversy.”

The National Archives told the newspaper it obscured the references to women’s genitals because the museum gets a lot of young visitors and the words could be seen as inappropriate.

“Our mission is to safeguard and provide access to the nation’s most important federal records, and our exhibits are one way in which we connect the American people to those records. Modifying the image was an attempt on our part to keep the focus on the records,” National Archives spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman said in the statement given to the Post.

Kleiman said the National Archives does not alter “images or documents that are displayed as artifacts in exhibitions.”

“In this case, the image is part of a promotional display, not an artifact,” she added.

National Archive officials did not respond to the newspaper’s request for any examples of previous times when the museum edited photos or documents to avoid political controversy.

The picture is on display as part of a National Archives Museum’s exhibit to mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. From one angle, you see the Women’s March photo from 2017, and looking from another side, you see a black and white image from 1913 of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to the Post.

The National Archives told the Post that the decision to edit the photo was made as the exhibit was coming together, and is supported by the archivist of the United States, David Ferriero.

On Twitter, former national security adviser Susan Rice called the alteration “disturbing.”

“The National Archives is now whitewashing history. How disturbing is that?!” Rice wrote in a tweet.

Rudy Mehrbani, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, tweeted that the National Archives “created political controversy in attempting to avoid it.”

“By erasing women’s voices, you insult the suffrage movement & minimize the response to Trump’s actions & election,” Mehrbani, also a veteran of the Obama White House, said.

Devin Nunes aide exchanged information with Lev Parnas about Ukraine campaign, documents reveal

(CNN) — New documents released Friday evening by House Democrats show communications between indicted Rudy Guiliani associate Lev Parnas and an aide to the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee in which they arrange interviews with Ukrainian officials and apparent meetings at the Trump hotel in Washington, DC, including with Giuliani.

The materials draw California Rep. Devin Nunes even further into the efforts undertaken by Giuliani and his associates to dig up dirt on the President’s political rivals.

The WhatsApp exchanges show that Nunes aide Derek Harvey raised questions about foreign assistance to Ukraine in late March 2019.

On March 29, 2019, Harvey asked Parnas, “Can we get materials?”

Parnas told Harvey in an April text message that he would be interviewing “the general prosecutor that got fired by Biden,” who is Viktor Shokin. Parnas also referenced Ukraine’s then-prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko. Both prosecutors also spoke to Giuliani in his effort to dig up dirt on the former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

“Let’s do our call at 12 and we can do the first prosecutor at 1 your time?” Parnas texted Harvey on April 17, 2019.

“Okay,” Harvey responded.

Two days later, Harvey texted Parnas: “Lev. I think we are best served by sending the official letter and receiving documentation before any more interviews.”

The text exchanges between Harvey and Parnas included multiple references to John Solomon, the former conservative columnist for The Hill who published columns attacking former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

In one text, Harvey told Parnas in April 2019 that “Solomon needs to get me the material.”

There are multiple references to meetings apparently at the Trump International Hotel, including a May 7, 2019, meeting with Giuliani and Solomon.

“Can you come now,” Parnas asked.

“Yes,” Harvey responded.

A spokesman for Nunes did not respond to a request for comment.

Last month, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee included in their impeachment inquiry report phone records of calls exchanged between Nunes and Parnas and other allies of President Donald Trump.

Nunes admitted Wednesday to speaking on the phone with Parnas after previously saying such a conversation would have been “very unlikely.”

Democrats have released three sets of Parnas documents this week after his attorney provided materials to the committee last weekend, and Parnas did television interviews with CNN and MSNBC in which he implicated Trump and said the efforts were “all about 2020.”

Here’s a list of events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Quad Cities

Monday, January 20th marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the annual celebration and remembrance of the life of the former civil rights leader.

In addition to the many public institutions and businesses observing the holiday, many organizations spend the day commemorating the life of the man who became the figurehead of the Civil Rights movement and helped to change the nation for the better.

News8 is compiling a list of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events being held across the holiday weekend.

Clinton, Iowa 2020 Community MLK Celebration — The 32nd annual community event will be held on Sunday, January 19th at Clinton Community College. Doors will be open at 1:30, with the program beginning at 2:00pm.  The event will feature exhibits, speakers, music, dance, and a civil rights march reenactment.

First Army — – First Army will host the annual Rock Island Arsenal Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance on Tuesday, January 14, at 1 p.m., inside Heritage Hall.  Speakers will include Lt. Gen Thomas S. James Jr.  and East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center — The center will host its 37th Annual Memorial Service and Awards Celebration in honor of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 20, 2020 from 10:30 am to noon. The theme for this year’s event is “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The event will feature speakers, performances, and the presentation of several awards for Rock Island students and community members.

 Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ — The church is holding its 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March and Day of Remembrance celebration in Monday, January 20th beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the east side of the McDonough County Courthouse. The event will feature a march, refreshments, and many guest speakers.

Did we miss any events? Send us an email at news@wqad.com and let us know!

Brutally cold temperatures move in tonight

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Quad City Metro area. Winter Weather Advisory in effect for areas east and south of the Quad City Metro area.

We have seen a transition to freezing rain, sleet, and rain overnight as temperatures rose above freezing. Last nights snow totals were mainly between 3-5 inches with some localized areas reaching 6″. This morning it may look a little lower as the rain, sleet, and freezing rain put some weight on that snow and weighed it down. It definitely helped roads a little, but you should still use some caution outside today as there will be slick spots.

We saw some snow showers this morning that brought a dusting to many hometowns.  As an arctic front passes later this morning, winds will also increase and become gusty. Temperatures will continuously drop throughout the day with afternoon temperatures in the teens and windchills dropping below zero.

If you have some snow and ice to clear off your driveways and sidewalks, you will definitely want to get out and do it as soon as you can. By noon we will see the arctic airmass move in and everything will become harder to clear as it will freeze to the ground.

A quieter start to the week is set with clear skies as an area of high pressure builds into the area. Single digit highs expect for Sunday and possibly Monday. We will not see a rebound in above freezing temperatures until Wednesday, which will be followed by the next round of snow and rain.

Cities in the QCA eligible for grants funded by recreational marijuana taxes

ROCK ISLAND COUNTY, Illinois — Some area cities are eligible for a social equity grant funded by state taxes on recreational marijuana.

In Rock Island County, Rock Island, Moline and East Moline are included.  Sterling, Illinois and Dixon, Illinois are also eligible for grant money.

On January 1, 2020, recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois.  With the legalization, a program called “Restore, Reinvest, and Renew” (R3) was developed.  

Eligible cities were selected based on community-level data, according to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.  They looked at statistics on gun injury, child poverty, unemployment and state prison commitments and returns and combined that with areas that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has deemed disproportionately impacted.

That money will fund community organizations that will help develop the economy, prevent violence, and give youth and civic legal aid.

Click here to see the map of those eligible areas across the state.

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