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Touring The Element hotel in Moline

MOLINE, Illinois -- The Element Hotel in Moline is one of the newest hotels in the area.

On Thursday, October 17, News 8's Denise Hnytka got a tour of the space and amenities the hotel offers on News 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Coach lost both legs, his left hand and some fingers – but not his positive outlook

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) - A California high school football coach went in for a routine medical procedure and nearly died.

Life is a lot different these days for 49-year-old Casey Cagle.

“I walked into that hospital at 6-foot-5-and-a-half, you know, 261 pounds. I came out at 4-foot-6 and 191 pounds. You realize at that point how fast things can change.”

“I'm vulnerable for the first time in my life,” the Bradshaw Christian assistant football coach told KTXL. “I walked into that hospital at 6-foot-5-and-a-half, you know, 261 pounds. I came out at 4-foot-6 and 191 pounds. You realize at that point how fast things can change.”

That was this past May when Cagle went in for a four-hour procedure on his heart.

But complications almost cost him his life.

“For the boys, dealing with losing a coach would be difficult,” said Bradshaw Christian Athletic Director Kurt Takahashi. “So, we all braced ourselves for it and then it comes out as a miracle.”

“It was really like shadowy gray around,” said running back Jeremiah Bonner. “Nobody really had the energy to go practice. It made things a little harder.”

Coach Cagle ended up spending close to 100 days in the hospital.

During that time, doctors were forced to amputate both of Cagle's legs, his left hand and several fingers.

But he never lost his sense of humor or his positive outlook on life.

“You realize one digit can do a lot for you,” Cagle said holding up his pinky. “Every time we score now, the kids put a pinky up. Whoever scored run over and I get my hug out of it.”

Cagle said he has received endless support from his family, his team and the entire Bradshaw Christian community.

“Those are the kinds of things, the support from your family and the people you know in the community, that's what really makes you go forward and want to live,” he told KTXL.

“He cooks, he does laundry, he cleans his house,” said Cagle’s brother, Michael. “I mean, he really enjoys being independent. If anything, we are through the hard part now and things will continue to get better as we go.”

The assistant coach returned part-time to the program just last month.

“You can sum it up in one word - adversity. It's what we try to teach these kids in school, in life, in general,” Takahashi said.

“You realize you've got to be the same person you were. I can't bring them down and I can't bring myself down or else it's going to be a long life,” Cagle explained. “I'd rather go about this the way I used to. It makes me feel like I am still the person I used to be.”

Coach Cagle already has big plans for next year. He’s hoping he will get prosthetic legs come January and then he'll be right back at Bradshaw Christian School coaching the defensive line come the summer.

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: The “Taste” of Fall

Fall is FALLING... and that includes leaves, pine cones, and - acorns!

On Friday, October 18th during Nailed It or Failed It, we showed you how to celebrate the season and test your taste buds with a sweet treat that everyone in the family can make and enjoy.

Acorn Donut Holes - All you need for this "recipe" is glazed donut holes, some Nutella or chocolate frosting, sprinkles, and small stick pretzels. To make, follow these instructions or just click the video above!

We went ON LOCATION for our Cocktail of the Week! The Axis Hotel, 1630 5th Avenue, opened this week in Moline and it includes the Fifth Avenue Syndicate Bistro and Bar. You will step back in time when you step into this restaurant! We had one of their masterful bartenders, Michael Tonneson, make us one of their 1920s culture cocktails - the Mary Pickford. Click below to hear the story behind it and why it's a drink you won't find anywhere else in the Quad Cities:

1 person dead after SUV flips on US-67 overnight

MCDONOUGH COUNTY, Illinois– One person is dead after an SUV flipped “multiple times” overnight on US Route 67 in McDonough County, police say.

The driver of a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling southbound on US-67 on Friday, Oct. 18 just after midnight, according to a statement from the Illinois State Police Department.

The driver drove off the west side of the highway and then over corrected and ran off the east side of US-67, the statement said. The SUV flipped and one person was thrown from the vehicle.

That person was declared dead at the scene.

Charges are pending.

News 8 reached out to ISP, but has yet to hear back with additional information.

2019 Trick or Treat times for the Quad Cities area

Illinois

Aledo: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Alpha:  Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Andalusia: Thursday, October 31st from 5 to 7 p.m.

Annawan: Thursday, October 31st from 5 to 7 p.m.

Carbon Cliff: WQAD has reached out for information. Please check back.

Coal Valley: Thursday, October 31st, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Colona: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cordova: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dixon: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Scarecrow Festival & Trick or Treat Downtown: Saturday, October 26th

East Moline: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fulton: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Galesburg: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Geneseo: Thursday, October 31st from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hampton: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

MathervilleWQAD has reached out for information, please check back

Milan: WQAD has reached out for information. Please check back. 

  • Milan Trunk or Treat: Thursday, October 24 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Milan Camden Centre.

Moline: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Morrison: Thursday, October 31st from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

New Windsor: WQAD has reached out for information. Please check back. 

Orion: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Halloween Hustle: Thursday, October 31 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at 407 12th Avenue in the MAC building.

Port Byron: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rapids City: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rock Island: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Fright Night: Thursday, October 24th at Schwiebert Riverfront Park from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Light the Night: Friday, October 25th at World of Life from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Trunk or Treat: 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, October 20th at Two Rivers Church

Rock Falls: Thursday, October 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Uptown Trick or Treat: Friday, October 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Silvis: Thursday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Trunk or Treat: Saturday, October 19th at Silvis Public Library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sherrard: Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Truck or Treat: From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. the Fire Department is hosting a trick or treat at the fire station.  Free hot dogs will be available for kids.  Anyone wanting to open their trunk to dispense extra treats is welcome to come set up at 5 p.m.

Sterling: Thursday, October 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Walnut: WQAD News 8 has reached out for information. Please check back.

Iowa

Bettendorf: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Parade: Saturday, October 26th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • City Hall Trick-or-Treat: Thursday, October 31st from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Burlington: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Safe Trick or Treat: Thursday, October 31st at Burlington Memorial Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Blue Grass: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Buffalo: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Camanche: Thursday, October 31 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Clinton: Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Davenport: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Mall Trick-or-Treat: Sunday, October 27th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Halloween Parade: Saturday, October 26th from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dewitt Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Durant: Thursday, October 31st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

LeClaire: Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Maquoketa: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

McCausland: WQAD has reached out and is verifying information, please check back

  • Halloween Part and Trick or Treat Night: Saturday, October 26 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the McCausland Community Center.  Trick or Treating is from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Muscatine: WQAD has reached out and is verifying information, please check back
Halloween at the Y: Friday, October 25th at the Muscatine Community YMCA from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Trick or Treat at the Market: Saturday, October 26th at Muscatine Area Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tipton: Thursday, October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Walcott: Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

This is an incomplete list of Trick-or-Treat times and events in the QC area. Don’t see your city or event? Email us: news@wqad.com

Extinction Rebellion activist climbs Big Ben scaffolding

(CNN) — A climate protester from the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion has climbed scaffolding around the base of one of Britain’s most famous landmarks, the Big Ben clock tower of the Houses of Parliament.

Videos shared on social media showed the protester unfurling banners reading “No pride on a dead planet” and “Citizens’ Assembly” once on top of the scaffolding.

The man was reportedly wearing a costume and a blond wig resembling Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s distinctive hairstyle.

A climate activist dressed as Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures after climbing scaffolding and unfurling banners on the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known by the name of the bell, Big Ben on the twelfth day of demonstrations by the climate change action group Extinction Rebellion, in London, on October 18, 2019. The Extinction Rebellion pressure group has been staging 10 days of colorful but disruptive action across London and other global cities to draw attention to climate change. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

“Tree surgeon Ben Atkinson, 43, has begun a free solo climb of Big Ben and will drop an Extinction Rebellion banner to highlight Government inaction on the Climate and Ecological Emergency,” the group said in a statement.

London’s Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 15:33hrs on Friday, 18 October to reports of a man climbing up scaffolding surrounding Big Ben. Officers remain on scene.”

The activist group has defied a London-wide public order ban issued on Monday by staging protests outside Downing Street and blocking the busy Oxford Circus intersection with a wooden pyramid.

The Metropolitan Police said the crackdown was intended to prevent “ongoing serious disruption to the community.”

Extinction Rebellion decried the ban as an “erosion of democracy” and called for greater attention on the climate crisis.

On Thursday, London commuters dragged Extinction Rebellion protesters off the top of a subway train as clashes broke out between passengers and activists.

Lady Gaga falls off stage while embracing fan at Vegas show

Lady Gaga may have sung “Edge of Glory” but it was the edge of the stage that proved her undoing during her latest Enigma show in Las Vegas, when she plummeted backward into the crowd.

The singer had invited a fan, Jack, up on stage to dance with her. But as she jumped into his arms, he lost his balance and the pair tumbled off the stage.

Video clips of the incident made the rounds on social media, with hundreds of fans voicing concerns about the star’s wellbeing.

But, helped up by security guards, Gaga was back on her feet immediately, reassuring the audience:

“Everything’s OK,” she said in the aftermath. “The only thing that’s not OK is we need some stairs for the damn stage so I can get back up.”

She went on to console the upset Jack with a hug. “Could you promise me something? Could you forgive yourself right now for what just happened?” she told him, before launching into “Million Reasons” with the fan at her side.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “We love each other so much we fell off the damn stage. We fell into each other’s arms. We’re like Jack and Rose from Titanic.

“I suppose we should have some tea after that.”

Lady Gaga launched her residence at the Park MGM in December with two shows — Enigma and Jazz & Piano.

In 2013, the singer broke her hip, forcing her to curtail her “Born This Way” world tour.

Kurds say Turkey is violating hours-old ‘ceasefire’ in northern Syria

A Turkish soldier secures the road before an army tank starts moving towards the Syrian border on October 18, 2019 in Ceylanpinar, Turkey. Turkish forces appeared to continue shelling targets in Northern Syria despite yesterday’s announcement, by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, that Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in its assault on Kurdish-held towns near its border. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Clashes continued on the border between Turkey and Syria on Friday, according to eyewitnesses and Kurdish fighters, despite US Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement that he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had brokered a five-day ceasefire there.

Shelling and artillery fire was reported Friday in the border town of Ras al-Ain, one of the targets of Turkey’s week-old offensive against Kurdish fighters, who have long been backed by the United States.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told CNN that shelling by the Turkish military and the Syrian rebel proxies supporting them has hit a number of civilian areas in Ras al-Ain, including a hospital. The SDF says five fighters were killed in the attack.

“SDF are committed to the ceasefire, but from last night until this morning we are seeing shelling on Ras al-Ain by the Turkish military and its mercenaries on SDF and civilian Kurdish targets, and in particular on the Ras al-Ain hospital in the city this morning,” SDF Press Commander Merivan Qamishlo said.

“The situation inside the Ras al-Ain Hospital is catastrophic. Three ambulance vehicles belonging to the Kurdish Red Crescent were prevented from entering and were shot at. The city is completely surrounded by air and ground from the Turkish military,” he added.

The fighting comes just a day after Pence announced that he and Erdogan had agreed to a deal to halt Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria, which was launched after President Donald Trump effectively gave Turkey the go ahead on a phone call with Erdogan earlier this month.

The deal — which does not clearly define the boundaries of the safe zone — appeared to secure Turkey most of its military objectives, forcing America’s one-time allies in the fight against ISIS to cede a vast swath of territory.

European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday that the “so-called ceasefire” was a “demand for capitulation of the Kurds.”

Reports of clashes ‘disinformation,’ Erdogan says

The Turkish government has insisted that the agreement is not a ceasefire, but only a “pause” on operations in the region, reflecting Ankara’s views of the status of the Syrian Kurds.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Erdogan said Turkey’s offensive would resume if the US does not deliver on their guarantee to get Syrian Kurdish fighters out of the safe zone area by Tuesday night.

“If America can keep its promise at the end of the 120 hours, the issue of a safe zone will be resolved,” Erdogan said. “But if this promise is not fulfilled, we will continue with the operation with greater resolve than where we left off, the minute after 120 hours has ended.”

Earlier, the Turkish president called reports of clashes “disinformation.”

“Reports of clashes between Turkish forces and YPG/PKK terrorists in the safe zone is nothing but disinformation,” Erdogan said.

But the SDF said Friday that Turkey’s attacks have continued in Ras al-Ain and targeted medical workers, ambulances and medical points. A paramedic died from wounds he sustained in an attack three days ago near Ras al-Ain and three other paramedics are in critical condition, according to the SDF.

Two YPG fighters said the Turkish-backed rebel Free Syrian Army prevented the Kurdish Red Crescent convoy from entering Ras al-Ain to evacuate wounded people over the past few days.

The Kurdish Rojava information center in northern Syria tweeted a video on Friday showing what they describe a convoy of civilians and volunteers, who were stranded outside Ras al-Ain after they came under artillery and AK-47 fire.

“Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital in Serêkaniyê/Ras al-Ayn. Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night,” the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Press Office said in a statement on Twitter.

Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors for e-cigarettes

Juul products are displayed at Smoke and Gift Shop on October 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Juul announced plans to immediately suspend sales of its fruit flavored e-cigarettes ahead of a policy by the Trump administration that is expected to ban all flavored e-cigarettes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors Thursday, acknowledging the public’s “lack of trust” in the vaping industry.

The voluntary step is the company’s latest attempt to weather a growing political backlash that blames its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers on electronic cigarettes.

Juul, the best-selling e-cigarette brand in the U.S., has been besieged by scrutiny, including multiple investigations by Congress, federal agencies and several state attorneys general. The company is also being sued by adults and underage Juul users who claim they became addicted to nicotine through the company’s products. And the Trump administration has proposed banning nearly all vaping flavors.

Still, the company’s latest step is unlikely to satisfy its critics.

The flavors affected by Thursday’s announcement — mango, crème, fruit and cucumber — account for less than 10% of Juul’s sales. The flavors had only been sold through Juul’s website, after the company pulled them from stores last November.

Juul will continue selling its most popular flavors, mint and menthol, for now. A spokesman said the company is reviewing its products and has not made “any final decisions.”

Mint and menthol account for most of Juul’s retail sales, according to analysts, and are the most popular flavors among teens.

The San Francisco-based company will also continue to sell its tobacco-flavored vaping pods.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Matthew Myers said that Juul’s decision to keep selling mint and menthol shows “it isn’t serious about preventing youth use.”

“Juul knows that 64% of high school e-cigarette users now use mint or menthol flavors and this number is growing all the time,” Myers said in a statement.

His group and others are urging the Trump administration to follow through on its proposal to ban all vaping flavors except tobacco.

The sales concession comes less than a month after a major shake-up at the privately held firm, in which it pledged to stop advertising and agreed to not lobby against the administration’s proposed flavor ban.

“We must reset the vapor category by earning the trust of society and working cooperatively with regulators, policymakers and stakeholders,” the company’s new CEO, K.C. Crosthwaite, said in a statement. Crosthwaite was named CEO last month. He previously worked as an executive for Marlboro-maker Altria, which is also Juul’s biggest investor.

This week’s move marks a remarkable shift for Juul, which had argued for years that its flavors help adult smokers quit cigarettes.

But the announcement doesn’t necessarily mean the permanent end of Juul’s flavors. Instead, Crosthwaite said the company would defer to the decision of the Food and Drug Administration, which has set a deadline of next May for manufacturers to submit their vaping products for federal review.

Under the agency’s standards, only vaping products that represent a net benefit to public health are supposed to remain on the market.Under the FDA’s standards, only vaping products that represent a benefit to public health are supposed to remain on the market.

If the company can show that its products are less harmful than cigarettes and can help adults switch, they could presumably return. Many experts, however, doubt the company will be able to win the FDA endorsement, given the popularity of Juul among underage users.

Underage vaping has reached epidemic levels, according to health officials. In the latest government survey, more than 1 in 4 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month despite federal law banning sales to those under 18.

While Juul agreed to stop lobbying against a flavor ban, other industry players haven’t. The Vapor Technology Association is launching a national marketing campaign aimed at stopping the White House plan by using the slogan, “I vape, I vote.”

A poll released Thursday shows that Americans narrowly favor banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, although younger adults are more likely to oppose the idea.

Banning flavors is supported by 52% of adults of all ages and opposed by 44%, according to the poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. But 63% of adults ages 18 to 29 oppose banning the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.

The poll involved random calls to the cellphones and landlines of 1,205 adults and was conducted Oct. 3-8. The margin of sampling error for all respondents was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

In a separate public health crisis, the federal government is investigating nearly 1,500 cases of lung damage linked to vaping, some of them fatal. Many patients said they vaped THC, marijuana’s intoxicating chemical, with bootleg devices, but officials have not yet implicated any common product or ingredient.

Correct ID of second man who raised flag at Iwo Jima discovered as eastern Iowa marine

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Marine Corps on Thursday corrected the identity of a second man in the iconic photograph of U.S. forces raising an American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

After questions were raised by private historians who studied photos and film of the event, it determined that one of the six men who raised the flag was not Pfc. Rene Gagnon, as had long been believed, but Cpl. Harold P. Keller, the Marines said in a statement, noting that Gagnon did help obtain the flag.

Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal shot the iconic photograph atop Mount Suribachi during the 1945 battle between American and Japanese forces on Iwo Jima.

"Regardless of who was in the photograph, each and every Marine who set foot on Iwo Jima, or supported the effort from the sea and air around the island is, and always will be, a part of our Corps' cherished history," the Marines said in the statement.

In 2016, the Marines corrected the identity of another man in the photo after historians raised questions.When asked about the photo, "he would say something like, 'That group raised a flag.'"

NBC News, which broke the news on the Marines' decision, reported that Keller died in 1979 in Grinnell, Iowa. The Marines didn't provide details about Keller, but NBC interviewed his 70-year-old daughter, Kay Maurer, of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Although Maurer said her father kept a framed Rosenthal photo showing 18 Marines on the summit of Mount Suribachi with the flag in the background, he never mentioned his role in the historic event.

"He never spoke about any of this when we were growing up," she said. "We knew he fought in the war. We knew he was wounded in the shoulder at one point. ... But he didn't tell us he helped raise the flag on Mount Suribachi."

Maurer said that when she would ask her father about the photo, "he would say something like, 'That group raised a flag.'"

The Battle of Iwo Jima began on Feb. 19, 1945, and lasted 36 days, with about 70,000 Marines fighting 18,000 Japanese soldiers. More than 6,500 U.S. servicemen died and about 20,000 were wounded in the battle on the tiny island, which is about 660 miles (1,062 kilometers) south of Tokyo and is now officially called Iwo To.

Most of the Japanese soldiers were killed.

The island was seen as vital to the war effort because Japanese fighter planes based there were intercepting American bombers.

Rosenthal shot the photo on Feb. 23, 1945, amid continuing fighting. He didn't get the men's names, but after the photo was celebrated in the U.S., President Franklin Roosevelt told the military to identify the flag raisers.

The Marines identified the men as John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Harlon Block, Michael Strank and Franklin Sousley. All were Marines except for Bradley, who was a Navy corpsman.

After two amateur historians raised questions about the identities, a Marine panel in 2016 found that a flag raiser long believed to be Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class John Bradley was actually Pfc. Harold Schultz, of Detroit.

Bradley had helped in an earlier flag-raising on Mount Suribachi, and his role took on greater significance after his son, James Bradley, wrote a best-selling book about the flag raisers, "Flags of Our Fathers," that was later made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

The latest questions were raised by historians Stephen Foley, Dustin Spence and Brent Westemeyer. Their findings were confirmed by a board that was formed by the Marines and was aided by FBI investigators. Foley was also one of the historians who noted the previous mistaken identity.

The Marines noted that Gagnon played a significant role that day. After an initial flag raising, he was responsible for bringing the second, larger flag to the mountaintop, which is the flag depicted in the photo, and returning the first flag for safekeeping.

"Without his efforts, this historical event might not have been captured, let alone even occurred," the Marines said.

The consequences of a warming fall season

A big change in temperature lies ahead as we end out the workweek.

A fairly substantial area of warmth to the west is making good progress into the Quad Cities. These warmer temperatures will come with more winds out of the south gusting to around 20 mph at times during the afternoon Friday.

While this warmth will be relatively short-lived, prolonged periods of warmth in the fall come with many consequences, some that we may not even realize.

A recent study revealed that since the 1970s, the Quad Cities has seen on average eight more warm fall days each year.

These days are classified as periods having above normal temperatures for the months of September, October and November. If you look at the overall trend, it is definitely rising with time.

October in itself is quite a volatile month for temperatures.

Our average highs move around quite a bit, going from the low 70s early in the month all the way down into the upper 50s by the end of the month. We've also seen some extremes, too.

For example, in 2006 our high temperature soared to a record 95 degrees. That's hot for October! We've also had some cooler high temperatures, too.

Extended periods of warmth in the fall can lead to several different issues, such as extending the same problems we face during the spring and summer months.

For example, mosquitoes and other flying insects are able to survive and breed for longer periods of time due to the warmth. This can lead to more disease transmission between humans and animals.

Suffer from allergies? The extended warmth isn't good news for you, either. It means a longer growing season filled with more pollen and other allergens.

Surprisingly, fall is not the season in which we are seeing the most growth when it comes to warmth.

That change is actually occurring during winters here in Illinois and Iowa, whereas fall is the season that sees the third warmest growth.

- Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

Phone call scammer poses as Henry County sheriff

HENRY COUNTY, Iowa– The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the community that police will not call people to discuss a warrant after a scammer posed as the sheriff and asked a victim for personal information in exchange for being arrested.

A scammer in Henry County called the victim and said they were Sheriff Rich McNamee with a warrant for their arrest, according to a statement from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

On the phone call, the person was told sheriff’s deputies were on their way to their house and to give up personal information to avoid arrest.

The sheriff’s office emphasized they would not call people regarding a warrant in the statement.

If you feel a call is suspicious, do not give out personal information. To contact the sheriff’s office, call (319) 385-2712.

Trial in Mollie Tibbets killing now pushed to February

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — The trial for a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and killing of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has again been delayed.

The Daily Iowan reports that 25-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera will now face trial beginning Feb. 4 in Woodbury County. His trial had been set for Nov. 12, but was pushed back to give expert witnesses more time to review new evidence.

Rivera’s attorneys are asking for three witnesses, including an expert in sleep deprivation to discuss its role in interrogation techniques. Another witness will talk about the DNA evidence tested in the case.

Rivera is accused of killing Tibbetts, who disappeared while out for a run July 18, 2018, in Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. Officials say she was stabbed to death.

Rivera, a Mexican national, also is accused of being in the country illegally. He worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.

J&J agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women's sagging pelvic organs.

Ohio's attorney general said Thursday an investigation found that J&J, the world's biggest health products maker, violated state consumer protection laws by not fully disclosing the devices' risks.

Numerous women who had the once-popular, hammock-like devices implanted claim they caused severe pain, bleeding, infections and other complications.

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon surgical products unit reached the settlement with 41 states and the District of Columbia.

"These companies didn't paint a clear picture of the device's medical risks, preventing patients from making well-informed decisions," Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a statement.

The products, also called transvaginal mesh, are a synthetic material surgically implanted through the vagina of women whose pelvic organs have sagged or who suffer from stress urinary incontinence — bladder leakage when they cough, sneeze or lift heavy objects. Such incontinence is estimated to affect 3% to 17% of women and sometimes becomes severe after age 70.

Some of the products are still on the U.S. market, and hundreds of thousands of women have had the devices surgically implanted, according to Yost's office.

An Ethicon spokeswoman noted the settlement doesn't include admission of any misconduct, and said the devices "are considered by many to be the gold standard for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence."

"Ethicon has acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of our transvaginal mesh products," which were launched around the world in 1998, she added.

About 25,000 U.S. women with complications have sued Johnson & Johnson, the company said. Those lawsuits aren't affected by the settlement.

It comes as J&J is swamped with thousands of lawsuits claiming patients were harmed by products including baby powder, opioid painkillers and prescription drugs such as its schizophrenia drug Risperdal.

Headlines about the litigation and big jury verdicts against J&J, including an $8 billion punitive award to a young man who grew breasts while taking Risperdal, have depressed J&J's stock price for nearly a year. Most of the verdicts against J&J have been overturned or are being appealed.

The pelvic mesh deal requires the company to cease its claims that surgical technique can eliminate any risks, as well as to disclose a list of risks, including loss of sexual function, mesh eroding into the vagina and the possible need for corrective surgery.

The settlement covers the District of Columbia and these states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Ethicon said it settled separately with Washington state and has cases pending in California, Kentucky, Mississippi and West Virginia.

J&J shares closed Thursday up $1.00 to $136.17, still well below their 52-week high of $148.99 late last fall.

Two Iowa deputies shot while serving warrant west of Des Moines, say police

STUART, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded while serving a warrant at an apartment complex in central Iowa.

The gunfire erupted around 10:40 p.m. Thursday in Stuart, about 35 miles (57 kilometers) west of Des Moines.

Iowa Criminal Investigation Division agent Adam DeCamp said early Friday that both Guthrie County deputies and the suspect are being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot injuries at a Des Moines hospital. A third officer was injured — but not shot — while responding.

Names of those involved and more details haven't been released. Associated Press messages left for city and county authorities weren't immediately returned.

Stuart is a city of about 1,700 people that sits along Interstate 80. Natasha Peninger lives in the apartment complex, and she told station KCCI that she "just grabbed my kids and left" when an officer banged on her door and told her to evacuate.

White House: Ukraine military aid held up partly over election probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

The Thursday admission from acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney undercut the president's position that there was no quid pro quo during Trump's phone call with the Ukraine president that sparked the House investigation.

The sudden turn of events had immediate fallout. Trump's lawyer distanced the Republican president from Mulvaney's account. The Justice Department said the explanation was news to them. And Democrats cast Mulvaney's remarks as further evidence of wrongdoing as Trump sought a "favor" from Ukraine.

Trump, traveling in Texas, appeared to stand by his top aide, calling Mulvaney a "good man."

"I have a lot of confidence" in him, Trump said.

But Mulvaney's initial remarks, made during a rare appearance by an administration official in the White House briefing room, spun open a new phase of the impeachment inquiry.Within hours, Mulvaney issued a separate statement claiming his remarks were misconstrued.

He indicated that a quid pro quo was at play for the military aid — but a different one than Democrats initially highlighted as they probed Trump's efforts to have Ukraine investigate a company linked to the son of his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Trump, as shown in a rough transcript of the July call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, sought help in investigating not only the firm tied to Biden but also a security company hired by the DNC that discovered that Russian agents had broken into the committee's network. The stolen emails were subsequently published by WikiLeaks ahead of the 2016 election.

"The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation," Mulvaney told reporters, delivering the White House's most granular explanation yet of the decision to withhold military assistance.

"Did he also mention to me in the past the corruption that related to the DNC server? Absolutely, no question about that," Mulvaney continued. "That's why we held up the money."

Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow issued a pointed statement distancing the president's legal team from Mulvaney's comments.

"The President's legal counsel was not involved in acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's press briefing," it said.

Within hours, Mulvaney issued a separate statement claiming his remarks were misconstrued.

"Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election," he said. "The president never told me to withhold any money until the Ukrainians did anything related to the server."

But it may be difficult to erase what Mulvaney said as House Democrats dig into their investigation.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairman of the Intelligence Committee leading the impeachment probe, said, "I think Mr. Mulvaney's acknowledgment means that things have gone from very, very bad to much, much worse."

Mulvaney, who has already received a subpoena for documents in the impeachment probe, will now likely be asked by investigators to appear for a deposition.

"I believe that they're getting closer to basically admitting a crime," said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, who said Mulvaney should testify. "Where he talks about politics being attached to foreign policy. I mean, you're going up to the water's edge there."

Mulvaney during the press briefing defended Trump's request to Ukraine by casting it as part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation looking into the origins of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

He said the investigation was one of several reasons Trump held up nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, including a desire for European nations to increase their own assistance to Kyiv. Funding was eventually released.

A senior official at the Justice Department said if the White House was withholding aid in regard to cooperation with any investigation at the department, it was news to them. The official was not unauthorized to discuss the situation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump's request to Ukraine for an investigation into the 2016 election appears linked to unfounded conspiracy theories about a Ukraine link to the DNC hack that began circulating almost immediately after the breach was discovered.

Some were propagated in stories online and by Russian media and included mention of a supposed "hidden DNC server," which acolytes of the Republican political operative Roger Stone picked up and circulated.

The sudden development punctuated another fast-moving day in the impeachment inquiry.

Lawmakers met for hours behind closed doors with the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, who testified that he disagreed with Trump's decision to have envoys work with the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy, rather than through traditional government channels.

The ambassador was the latest in a series of witnesses, many of them career State Department and foreign policy officials, providing new and detailed concerns about Trump and Giuliani and their attempts to influence Ukraine.

Sondland's attempt to stand apart from Trump is remarkable since, unlike other career civil servants, he is a hand-picked political appointee of the president who contributed $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee.

Mulvaney defended Trump's decision to tap Giuliani to help lead Ukraine policy, saying it was the president's prerogative.

"You may not like the fact that Giuliani was involved," he told reporters. "It's not illegal, it's not impeachable."

"The president gets to set foreign policy, and he gets to choose who to do so, as long as it doesn't violate any law," Mulvaney added.

As for complaints about mixing politics with foreign policy, Mulvaney had a blunt rejoinder: "I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy."

Democrats plodding their way through hours of witness testimony during a week of closed-door hearings said Mulvaney's admissions were game-changing in the impeachment inquiry.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Mulvaney "co-signed the president's confession."

Sherrard woman charged with animal cruelty

SHERRARD, Illinois -- Mercer County deputies arrested a Sherrard woman last week on accusations of animal cruelty in connection with several horses found in poor condition.

Karen Plambeck, 56, was charged with one count of cruelty to animals and four counts of violating animal owner duties. She was released after posting $1000 bond. The Illinois Department of Agriculture is investigating.

Krista Lisser, the department's public information officer, told News 8 the animals stay under the owner's care as the investigation is still open, barring additional information to warrant taking them away.

Neighbors say they have been worried about the welfare of the horses, and other animals on the Mercer County farm, for quite some time.

Duane Foster, who lives across from Plambeck, told News 8, the problems started years ago.

"First the dogs, that’s what started the whole thing, five, six years ago. The dogs started barking. It just seemed to get louder and louder," he said. Other neighbors echoed the concern, saying they hear large numbers of dogs barking throughout the night.

In the last one to two years, they started noticing the condition of the horses.

"You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that's something that's malnutrition. Skinny, you can count all the ribs. It’s a bad situation," Foster said.

Several horses were still seen Thursday, October 17, grazing on the short grass on the Plambeck property.

8.23 There’s more grass in my driveway than there is in that pasture," Foster said. "They’re skinny, you can tell they’re hungry, they eat the leaves off the trees. There’s nothing to eat for them."

News 8 reached Plambeck by phone, but she would not comment on the charges.

For his part, Foster said, "I hope maybe she’s learned her lesson maybe, maybe she’ll pay more attention to what needed to be done."

He said he hopes the animals get the care they need for everyone's peace of mind: "If they can’t manage them, afford them, take them somewhere else they can get fed properly and taken care of properly. That’s what they need."

Karen Plambeck's first court appearance is scheduled for November 4 in Mercer County Court.

New Virginia Women’s Monument unveiled – with a typo

RICHMOND, Va. - After years of planning and work, a first of its kind monument celebrating women in Virginia was unveiled Monday – with a typo.

The Virginia Women’s Monument includes seven bronze statues honoring prominent women in the state's history, as well as a wall including 230 other names.

It also includes a sundial around those statues and that’s what many people in the community are buzzing about. There are dozens of localities inscribed in the sundial, including Loudoun, a county in northern Virginia and a common Virginia typo.

Unfortunately, Loudoun is misspelled on the sundial, omitting the second silent “u” in the word.

It's not clear how the typo happened, but the Virginia Women's Monument Commission says they were first made aware of it on Monday evening.

“We will confer with the Department of General Services to develop a plan to address the issue and make the correction needed,” said Mary Margaret Whipple, vice chair of the Virginia Women’s Monument Commission.

The Department of General Services told WTVR the design on the sundial was reviewed by many people, but the error was unfortunately missed.

They say the contractor is in the process of correcting the dial at no cost to taxpayers or the Virginia Women's Commission.

Man with own name tattooed on neck arrested for falsely ID’ing himself

MATTOON, Ill. – The ink didn’t lie.

Mattoon police arrested a 36-year-old Illinois man for giving officers a fake name, despite having his real name tattooed on his neck.

Matthew C. Bushman, of Mansfield, had a warrant out for his arrest when officers booked him on Oct. 11 for obstructing justice. A police mugshot shows the “Matty B” tattoo across his throat.

Police said they were investigating a forgery when Bushman gave them a false name and date of birth in an attempt to dodge a warrant out of Peoria County.

Bushman was booked into Coles County Jail.

Vaccine exemption rates among US kindergartners continue to climb, CDC says

(CNN) — There has been a small increase in vaccine exemption rates among kindergarteners in the United States, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The finding, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday, shows that rates of young children not receiving vaccinations against certain diseases, including measles, continued to climb in recent years.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the national percentage of kindergartners with an exemption from one or more required vaccines was 2.5%, which was a slight increase from 2.3% during the previous school year and 2.1% in the 2016-2017 school year, the report found.

The percentage of kindergartners with an exemption from one or more required vaccines ranged from 0.1% in Mississippi to 7.7% in Idaho and Oregon, the report found.

Nationally, among those vaccine-exempt kindergartners, only 0.3% had a medical exemption while 2.2% had a nonmedical exemption, according to the report.

“Measles outbreaks affecting school-age children across multiple states during the 2018-19 school year underscore the importance of both school vaccination requirements for preventing disease spread and school coverage assessments to identify pockets of undervaccination,” the researchers wrote in the report.

Those recent measles outbreaks occurred even though the measles virus was declared eliminated from the United States in the year 2000, meaning there was no continuous transmission of the disease for greater than a year. Measles can be prevented with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR, according to the CDC.

“Although the overall percentage of children with an exemption increased slightly for the second consecutive school year, children with exemptions still represent a small proportion of kindergartners nationally and in most states,” the researchers wrote. “More importantly, in 25 states, the number of nonexempt undervaccinated kindergartners exceeded the number of those with exemptions.”

The report noted that nonexempt students include those provisionally enrolled, in a grace period or otherwise without documentation of vaccination. A grace period refers to a set number of days during which a student can be enrolled and attend school without proof of complete vaccination or exemption, but provisional enrollment allows a student without complete vaccination or exemption to attend school while completing a catch-up vaccination schedule. In many states, nonexempt undervaccinated students are attending school in a grace period or are provisionally enrolled, according to the report.

States with lowest and highest vaccine coverage

The new report summarized vaccination coverage data on about 3.6 million kindergarteners during the 2018-2019 school year. The data was collected by state and local immunization programs in 49 states: all states except Alaska, for which data was not reported to the CDC.

The report also included vaccine exemption data on some 3.6 million kindergarteners in all 50 states.

Federally funded immunization programs collaborate with departments of education, school nurses and other school personnel to assess vaccination coverage and exemption status of children enrolled in public and private kindergartens and then to report that data to CDC.

The new report found that nationally, during the 2018-2019 school year, vaccination coverage among kindergartners for the two-dose MMR ranged from 87.4% in Colorado to at least 99.2% in Mississippi.

The recommended coverage for MMR is at least 95%, according to the report.

For the diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine or DTaP, coverage ranged from 88.8% in Idaho to at least 99.2% in Mississippi, according to the report.

For the varicella or chickenpox vaccine, the report found that coverage ranged from 86.5% in Colorado to at least 99.2% in Mississippi.

Nationally for the 2018-2019 school year, coverage among kindergarteners for those vaccines was: 94.7% for two doses of the MMR; 94.9% for the required doses of DTaP; and 94.8% for the varicella vaccine, according to the report.

The report had some limitations, including that the data are based on documentation from schools so some children might not be included in the data, such as those who are homeschooled.

More research is needed to directly compare regions or states — since in the new report, comparability is limited due to variation in states’ requirements, data collection methods and definitions of grace periods or provisional enrollment when it comes to vaccine requirements.

“Today’s data reinforces that childhood vaccine coverage remains high,” Ranee Seither in CDC’s Immunization Services Division and first author of the report said in an email on Thursday.

“Most parents continue to protect their children from 14 vaccine preventable diseases. But while nationwide vaccination coverage is high, and even high in many states, we still see pockets of under-vaccinated communities,” Seither said.

‘Clusters of refusal overlap clusters of outbreaks’

While the CDC regularly reports on statewide exemptions of vaccinations, the agency could better predict possible measles outbreaks — or outbreaks of other infections — that result from declining vaccine coverage by also examining vaccine exemptions on a more local level, such as by county or school, said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, who was not involved in the new report.

Hotez and his colleagues conducted their own county-level examination of non-medical vaccine exemptions across the United States, published last year in the journal Plos Medicine.

That study found that the number of nonmedical “philosophical-belief” vaccine exemptions had risen between 2009 and 2017 in more than half of the 18 states that allowed such policy at the time: Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

Overall that previous study showed “at least 100 counties, including 14 urban counties, that are highly vulnerable to measles,” Hotez said.

“Sure enough, measles erupted in seven of those 14 counties, so we wound up making the first good measles prediction map,” he said. “I would recommend instead that the CDC publish at least county or even school based exemption rates in addition to state-level exemptions, and they should do this on an annual basis.”

Other research, published in the medical journal JAMA in 2016, has shown that states with philosophical exemptions had both higher rates of refusal and higher rates of disease

“Clusters of refusal overlap clusters of outbreaks,” Saad B. Omer, a professor of global health and epidemiology and pediatrics at Emory University who led that separate research, told CNN last year.

However, “if it’s difficult to obtain an exemption, then you have lower rates of refusal and lower rates of disease,” he said.

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