The Impact of a Harsh Winter and Spring on the John Deere Classic

We will never forget the 2018-2019 Winter or the 2019 Spring. Those two harsh seasons impacted a lot of people and places, including TPC Deere Run - the home of the John Deere Classic.

On Friday, July 12th during Good Morning Quad Cities, the Director of Golf Course Maintenance at TPC Deere Run - Alex Stuedemann - joined News 8's Angie Sharp and Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen at TPC Deere Run to talk about how his team dealt with a snowy, cold winter and wet spring.

"It was very difficult for us," he said. "We're very proactive people. We want to stay ahead of the weather as much as it allows us and really with what we had - the third snowiest winter on record and then the wet weather that started late April - we pretty much had to sit on our hands to avoid doing damage to the golf course."

Stuedemann is celebrating 20 years working with the PGA Tour this year and he says upholding the reputation of the beauty of TPC Deere Run is very important to him:

"To be put in charge of such a beautiful piece of land with a great community that supports this charitable effort of Clair, Andrew, and the rest of the John Deere Classic team, you really can't ask for much more - pride just billows out of our staff."

"We're not out there to grow grass. Our mission is to make this event successful so that that $13.4 million can go to those 500 charities."

He also explained the science of his craft (click the video above) and that there are 25-30 extra hands helping him during John Deere Classic Week, so if you see any of them out on the course - be sure to tell them "Good Job!"

John Deere helps put together backpacks for area students ahead of 2019-2020 school year

Dozens of workers at John Deere Harvester Works spent a day on the assembly line making something that's going to help area kids in need.

On Tuesday, July 9, the workers packed backpacks with school supplies, personalized with a note on each bag.

"I just wrote "Have a great school year, study hard, don't do drugs, and don't forget to smile"," said Jamie Green.

The school starter kits will be distributed to 1,700 students for free.  The supplies is donated by John Deere.

In addition to the backpacks, the Harvester workers also assembled 1,500 snack packs and 1,500 hygiene kits.

180,000 smoke alarms recalled because they may not work during a fire

Nearly 180,000 battery-powered smoke and fire detectors have been recalled due to failure risks.

According to the recall on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, the alarms can have a misaligned internal switch causing the alarms to not activate properly, posing a risk of failure to alert consumers to a fire.

The recall involves Universal Security Instruments 10-year battery operated ionization smoke and fire alarms with model numbers MI3050S and MI3050SB and with date codes between 2015JAN19 through 2016JUL11. The smoke alarms are white in color and 5½  inches in diameter.  “Universal” and “Smoke & Fire Alarm” are printed on the front cover of the alarm. The label on the back of the alarm lists the model number and date code.

The recall suggests consumers inspect their smoke alarms to determine if they will activate properly by pressing the test button. If the alarm sounds, no further action is required. If it does not sound, consumers should contact Universal Security for a replacement.

There have been 134 reports of failure to properly activate during installation.

The alarms were sold online from July 2015 to December 2016.

For much more, click here. 

JDC Round 1 Leader: Roberto Diaz

Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, the 32-year-old Mexican player birdied four of the first five holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five in the bogey-free round at TPC Deere Run. He took the lead with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th.

“I just feel that everything clicked,” Diaz said. “I’ve been playing pretty solid throughout the year. The driver has been awesome. I’ve been hitting a lot of fairways, and today I hit good numbers all day, and that helps.”

Winless on the PGA Tour, Diaz tied for eighth at the Travelers Championship last month.

Americans Adam Long and Russell Henley were two strokes back. Martin Laird was another stroke back at 65 with Ryan Palmer, Andrew Landry, Vaughn Taylor, Zack Sucher and Ryan Blaum.

Long, who got his first career win earlier this season at the Desert Classic, had eight birdies — four on the front nine and four on the back nine.

Henley has missed the weekend cuts in his last four straight starts. But he highlighted an impressive birdie run by drilling a 55-foot putt on the par-3 7th hole.

“I don’t think I’ve ever lost the belief that I can have a nice tournament,” Henley said. “It’s just a matter of a few bumps here and there.”

Scotland’s Laird, who skipped his national tournament this week in an effort to boost his playoff positioning, followed up a 65 to close out last week’s event in Minnesota with birdies on five par 4s on Thursday.

Palmer, the second-highest ranked player in the FedEx Cup standings in the field at No. 22, returned from a month-long family vacation with a strong round.

Palmer was somewhat inconsistent on his front nine before rallying for three birdies in a five-hole stretch.

“Stress-free today, it felt like. Being off for four weeks, traveling the world a little bit was fun. But I just came into the week just wanting to get my game back going for next week obviously,” Palmer said.

Twenty-year-old rookie Matthew Wolff, who picked up his first career win at the 3M Open last week, opened with a 67. Wolff, the youngest winner on the tour since Jordan Spieth won at Deere Run six years ago, hit 15 greens in regulation and played bogey-free.

“Having that PGA Tour card locked up is a lot of weight off of my shoulders,” Wolff said. “Everything in my game feels really good right now.”

Defending champion Michael Kim, who set the tournament record at Deere Run a year ago by winning by eight shots, had a 73. Kim has made just five of 28 cuts since winning in the Quad Cities.

Local favorite and past tournament champion Zach Johnson saw a streak of 40 consecutive rounds of even par or better at Deere Run come to an end after a 1-over 72. Johnson, who last shot over par there in 2008, missed a long birdie putt that would’ve kept the streak alive by inches.

“Frustrating. I mean, the good shots that I hit I didn’t get anything out of it and the bad ones were, I’m scrambling a little bit,” Johnson said.

Man dies after tractor rolls over him in northwest Iowa

SUTHERLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 78-year-old man died after a tractor rolled over on top of him in northwest Iowa.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office says Gary Jungjohan had a mower attached to the tractor Wednesday evening, July 10, and was mowing the north shoulder of a street in Sutherland when the tractor rolled into the ditch and landed atop him.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘How to Get Away with Murder’ to end with Season 6

(CNN) — ABC is closing the case of “How to Get Away with Murder,” announcing Thursday that the upcoming sixth season of the Viola Davis-starring legal drama will be its last.

“Deciding to end this series was a brutal decision, but ultimately the story tells you what to do — as it did here,” series creator Pete Nowalk said in a statement provided to CNN.

He added that there was always a “clear ending” in mind for Davis’ Annalise Keating, a law professor who teaches a class that’s reflective of the name of the show and an anti-heroine with her own complicated backstory that often implicates her students. “Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings, is a gift rarely given to a series creator and I’m grateful to ABC and ABC Studios, [which produces the show] for the opportunity and creative freedom,” Nowalk said.

He also thanked the show’s writers, cast, crew and especially the viewers, whose strong social-media presence helped guarantee the program’s ratings success and cultural stickiness. To them, he said that the “only reason this show exists is because of your loyalty and enthusiasm.”

Davis plugged the upcoming season on Twitter, and called the show one of “greatest rides” of her life.

“Murder,” which is executive produced by Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Stephen Cragg, became a hit for ABC when it premiered in fall 2014. It helped cement what the network dubbed its “TGIT” lineup, which also included Shondaland produced “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Davis has won a lead actress in a drama Emmy and has received two other nominations for her performance on the show (she also was nominated in the guest actress in a drama category for playing the character on “Scandal” during a cross-over promotion).

According to a release provided to CNN, the final season of “Murder” will focus on the class’s last semester of law school and premieres September 26.

What to know about the ICE raids scheduled for this weekend

(CNN) -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled to move forward with an operation targeting migrant families with court-ordered removals that had previously been called off by President Donald Trump, according to a US official.

ICE, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, is charged, in part, with deporting undocumented immigrants. A senior immigration official told CNN that the details of the ICE operation, currently slated to start on Sunday, will be largely the same as the one postponed last month.

The New York Times first reported on the upcoming raids, saying they are expected to take place in at least 10 cities. The raids will occur "over multiple days" and will include "collateral" deportations in which "authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids."

Who is targeted and why

The migrant families expected to be targeted recently arrived to the US.

In February, ICE sent around 2,000 letters to families who already had received final orders of removal by judges in absentia, asking them to self-report to local ICE offices by March to comply with the orders.

The upcoming operation is expected to target approximately 2,000 people, according to a senior immigration official.

Last year, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation's immigration courts, announced that it had begun tracking family cases filed by the Department of Homeland Security in 10 immigration court locations and those cases are being expedited to try to process the families in under a year.

Then-acting ICE director Mark Morgan said last month that ICE had worked closely with the Justice Department on the family expedited docket and that the "results were very disappointing," claiming that some families haven't attended their immigration hearings.

Where the raids are expected to take place

The senior immigration official tells CNN that the operation is expected to target some 2,000 family members with court orders of removal and take place over several days in 10 cities across the nation -- Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.

The city of New Orleans said on Twitter that it confirmed with ICE that "immigration enforcement will be temporarily suspended through the weekend" in areas of Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by tropical storm Barry.

What happens to those who are arrested?

There are additional legal steps that migrants could take in the event that they're arrested, therefore it's unlikely that all those targeted would be immediately deported.

In some cases, for example, an individual may be ordered removed because he/she didn't show up to their immigration court hearing. If the reason the individual didn't appear is because they weren't provided notice of the date, time and place of their immigration hearing, that individual could file a motion to reopen their case.

Others could file a motion to reopen if conditions have deteriorated in their home country since the date they were ordered deported.

Trump has so far deported fewer people than Obama

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics, 256,085 people were deported in fiscal year 2018, up from 226,119 removals in fiscal year 2017.

That's still significantly less than the number of people deported during fiscal year 2012, when the Obama administration deported more than 400,000 people.

Staffing limitations and budget constraints generally limit how many people the US can detain and deport -- and how quickly that process happens. While the Trump administration has said it still focuses on criminals, there was an uptick in the number of people arrested by ICE without criminal records. Crossing the border illegally is a misdemeanor.

In Trump's first year, ICE arrested 109,000 criminals and 46,000 people without criminal records -- a 171% increase in the number of non-criminal individuals arrested compared to 2016.

CNN first reported in May that the administration had been considering deporting migrant families with court-ordered removals in an attempt to "send a message" to smugglers, according to a senior administration official.

As part of the consideration, the administration had been looking at an operation rolled out in the late years of Obama's presidency -- and revived in Trump's first year in office -- that also targeted families.

In 2017, ICE apprehended 650 individuals during a four-day operation, dubbed Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve, which targeted families and unaccompanied children. According to the agency, it was the second iteration of the operation which had also taken place at the start of 2016 following an uptick in families and unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally.

Similar to the upcoming ICE operation, all individuals had court-ordered removals.

Tropical Storm Barry to bring high rivers and flooding as it gets closer to the Louisiana coast

(CNN) — Louisiana has withstood devastating hurricanes before, but authorities are urging residents not to underestimate the danger and destruction Tropical Storm Barry threatens as it gets closer to the coast Friday.

“Look, there are three ways that Louisiana floods: storm surge, high rivers, and rain. We’re going to have all three,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

Barry is moving through the Gulf of Mexico and is the first tropical storm to threaten the United States this year. While there is a chance it could reach hurricane level, the real threat the storm poses is rain — which could quickly turn into unprecedented flooding.

It’s moving slowly through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, giving it time to strengthen, and it’s expected to release large amounts of rain on the roughly 10 million people in its path.

The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet around New Orleans this time of year, is at 16 feet after a year of record flooding. And 10-15 more inches of rain are on the way, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.

By early Friday, Barry was 95 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

Preparations and evacuations

President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, where the storm is expected to make landfall.

Louisiana has activated 3,000 members of the National Guard in anticipation of the destruction Barry might bring to the region, the governor said.

And government officials are not the only ones responding to the disaster. Chef José Andrés’ nonprofit World Central Kitchen announced Thursday it is setting up kitchens in Lafayette and New Orleans ahead of the storm.

Officials expect to issue a mandatory evacuation order Friday for everyone south of the Leon Theriot Flood Gate. But many residents aren’t too eager to leave.

Pamela Hughes said she is riding out the storm in her mother’s trailer in Port Sulphur, which is under a mandatory evacuation order.

“I really don’t think it’s going to be too bad,” she told CNN.

Others, such as Kristopher Williams, are staying behind to protect their pets and their belongings.

“Everything I own is in it,” he said of his truck. “I’m not an ignorant person. I know the dangers. I also know how to get out of just about any bind I encounter.”

A hurricane warning is in effect for Intracoastal City to Grand Isle and a hurricane watch is in effect for the mouth of the Mississippi River to Grand Isle.

Overwhelmed pumps and pipes

New Orleans’ system of pumps, underground pipes and canals were overwhelmed by rains earlier this week, but Edwards said Thursday that under current forecast models, the Mississippi River is not expected to overtop the river levee.

There is a significant chance Tropical Storm Barry could reach winds of 74 mph and turn into a hurricane. More than 800,000 people are currently under a hurricane warning.

Flooding concerns are not just limited to Louisiana and have expanded around the Gulf region.

Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle are also at risk for extreme rain, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said Thursday.

The National Weather Service tweeted early Friday morning that Mobile, Alabama, can expect heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding as well as a high risk of rip currents and a surf up to 8 feet.

The Florida Panhandle has seen double red flags go up in some areas, closing beaches, the National Weather Service said.

In addition to potential heavy rains in Louisiana, the Mississippi Delta Region is also at risk for tornadoes beginning Friday evening.

Why people still love retro technology like iPods and instant-film cameras

(CNN) — That beaten up Walkman buried in your basement might be someone’s hot new accessory. The retro tech market is alive and kicking.

In May, Apple refreshed the iPod touch for the first time in four years. Vinyl record sales clocked in at 400 million on average over the past four years, according to data from data tracker Statista. DVD player sales are trending downward, but they still consistently hit four million units sold every holiday quarter, even as recently as 2018.

Other gadgets that have stayed the course: camcorders, radios, clock radios, desk phones, and DVRs. Millions of these are still in use in US households in 2017, according to Statista.

What drives people to continue purchasing vinyl records, instant film cameras, and iPods, long after new products have made those objects irrelevant?

Older gadgets have a lot of staying power because they allow people to unplug from the constant ping of smartphones and tablets.

“There’s a growing segment of people that would like to be disconnected but still have access to the things they want,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president of mobile devices at International Data Corporation, “So it fills a void in the market.”

Many vintage products attract a strong cult following. For example, IPod lovers anticipate Apple’s product refreshes on social media and online forums.

Apple also appears to be targeting kids in its iPod marketing, according to Paul Gagnon, executive director of research and analysis at IHS Markit.

“The brands are starting to build a young consumer base and then eventually transition them as they grow older to more expensive products the company might also make,” he noted.

Instant cameras with film are also popular among teens. Fujifilm, which makes Polaroid-like cameras with film that instantly develops, said its sales are holding steady. In its fiscal year ending in March, it sold over 10 million cameras and smartphone printers worldwide. Fujifilm says it’s been able to cross generational boundaries by attracting photographers in the digital age.

Nostalgia plays a big part in old tech’s popularity, too. It can give people that comforting feeling of their childhoods or remind them of a specific time and place.

On social media networks like Tumblr and Pinterest, vintage images rack up thousands of likes and shares. Disposable cameras often trend on Pinterest.

“The pace of companies selling new devices and forcing old technology into obsolescence means that certain devices are associated with certain periods in history,” said Michael Connor, artistic director of Rhizome, a digital art organization.

Vintage gadgets can help people enjoy technology while allowing people to feel connected to the real world. Smartphones often have the opposite effect.

That’s why people still buy alarm clocks and calculators, even though a smartphone has all those functions.

“The smartphone is a bit of a Swiss Army knife. But it’s not necessarily specialized,” said Gagnon.

Some people will find it easy to use the phone to replace all those older gadgets, he said. But “a lot of people out there either don’t own a smartphone, or for them using those functions is not easy. For those people, legacy products will always exist.”

And some people like the artistry of older gadgets. People seek out physical items, but they want “a filtered, idealized version” of those things, said Amanda Brennan, Tumblr’s “meme librarian” and head of content insights and social.

“Polaroids often look blurry, vinyl sound quality is nowhere near an MP3 or stream — but it makes them feel more vibrant, more real-life,” she said.

Older products carry with them unique experiences. Connor, the artistic director, describes how a pixel looks different on an old cathode-ray-tube monitor when compared with a modern-day display. On a CRT monitor, a pixel has a “soft low res quality” that can be artistically appealing, said Connor.

R. Kelly is arrested by feds on new charges while walking his dog in Chicago

(CNN) — Singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on Thursday night on federal sex crime charges, sources told CNN.

Kelly, 52, is charged with sex trafficking in New York and attempting to influence a case in Atlanta, and was arrested while walking his dog, a source with knowledge of the arrest said.

A five-count indictment against Kelly will be unsealed Friday in the Eastern District of New York, a source with that district’s US attorney’s office told CNN. Kelly will appear in federal court in Brooklyn at a later date, the source said.

His arrest comes after a 13-count indictment was returned Thursday in the Northern District of Illinois that includes child pornography and obstruction of justice charges, said Joseph Fitzpatrick, assistant US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

The New York Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and other federal partners assisted in Thursday’s arrest, a law enforcement source said.

He’s faced abuse allegations for decades

Until Thursday, Kelly was free on a $1 million bond set in February.

He has faced accusations of abuse, manipulations and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades.

He was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, including three who prosecutors say were underage girls. The charges span from 1998 to 2010. Kelly pleaded not guilty.

He posted the $100,000 bail and left Chicago’s Cook County Jail less than three days after he was arrested. He was arrested and jailed again in March for failure to pay his ex-wife child support of $161,000.

In late May, a grand jury indicted him on 11 more charges pertaining to one of the four accusers, including aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony; and criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. A person convicted of Class X felonies can get up to 30 years in prison under Illinois law.

People and animals evacuated as raging fire burns 3,000 acres in Maui

(CNN) — A raging blaze led to evacuation of more than 600 people in parts of Maui as firefighters battled to keep it away from residential areas, Hawaii officials said.

The fire had scorched 3,000 acres on central Maui, leading to evacuations of residents of Kihei and Maalaea as it burned out of control Thursday, the mayor’s office said. The Maui Humane Society moved its animals in crates and kennels to a nearby high school.

“This fire is still an active threat to our community and residents are urged to remain vigilant of changing conditions,” County of Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said.

As darkness set in, the mayor said firefighters would not bring it under control overnight.

“We can’t fight the fire tonight. We’re not going to send any firefighters into harm’s way,” Victorino said Thursday.

County of Maui activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to the fire Thursday morning. By afternoon, the flames were burning out of control and emergency officials sent a mobile alert warning nearby residents to evacuate.

Oprah has a home in the county, and tweeted a local resident to confirm that she’s given officials fighting the fire access to her private road. “A big mahalo to Oprah for giving Maui County access to your private road for use to assist in the Maui fire,” Hawaii Gov. David Ige tweeted.

Flights at Kahului Airport were briefly diverted, but operations have returned to normal. The fire affected access to the airport, which was operating on emergency generators. The Hawaii Tourism Authority advised visitors heading to or from the airport to contact their airlines for flight status due to power issues.

Iowa State Patrol investigates two overnight crashes

DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Police confirm a crash happened Friday, July 12 around 1 a.m., near the intersection of West Kimberly Road and Fairmount Street, near the Walmart.

Our photographer on scene says at least one car was towed away, and that area was blocked off by police for several hours. No word what led up to the crash or if there were any injuries.

Later Friday morning, Riverdale first responders went to Valley Drive and State Street, near Arconic, after reports of an accident there.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday. Our crews spotted a car tipped on its side. There's no word if anyone was hurt, but the area has since been cleaned up, and the road's been reopened to traffic.

Police have not released information on either crash.

Day Trippin: A local brunch spot where parking isn’t a problem

KEWANEE, Illinois  --  Breakfast is on the grill at "The Station" in Kewanee, Illinois. It's a new restaurant that opened in November, 2018.

"You come in as our guest, owner Rita Speck said. "But, you leave as our friend. That's our motto."

The restaurant sits right next to the train tracks.

"It's  been tradition with the trains coming here," Speck said.

The home style cooking and train views brought Tracey Parlier and her family in from Galesburg, Illinois. But, the Parlier family didn't drive the hour distance. They rode "The Breakfast Train."

"We kinda just thought it would be fun for them to both do," Parlier said.

"The Breakfast Train is a $10 round trip train ride from Galesburg to Kewanee, where you can stop at the restaurant to eat.

You've got about two hours to eat and explore town before it is time to hop back on the train and go home.

"We see a lot of families who hop off the train, eat their breakfast, and enjoy their walk around town, then get right back on," Speck said.

"It was really relaxing and inexpensive," Parlier said. "That's the big seller with us."

But, for the Parlier family, it was more than breakfast. Their daughter Lily suffers from a disease that impacts on and 11,000 babies.

"Our lives revolve around doctors and hospitals for Lily," Parlier said. "She has Muscular Atrophy type 2. It's a form of muscular dystrophy."

Lily has been hospitalized three times in the last month, so Saturday morning pancakes were exactly what this family needed.

"It was fantastic," Parlier said. "She loved the train. They liked looking out the window and having to go fast."

"When i'm  outside and I see the trains coming, I always wave," Speck said, "I don;t even know who they are "

"The food is fabulous," restaurant visitor Michelle Smith said. "Once we came here, we just couldn't stop.

The Station restaraunt is open every day and also serves lunch and dinner.

Click here for more information on The Breakfast Train stops and cost.

July 12th & 13th, 2019, Kewanee will be hosting it's Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival with events going on all weekend.

People start to enjoy the riverfront again as Burlington cleans up after flooding

BURLINGTON, Iowa-- The riverfront is looking like its old self as Burlington Public Works crews continue power-washing and cleaning up what the Mississippi River left behind.

A HESCO breach in early June left parts of downtown flooded. Now the river is back under major flood stage.

"It was just dangerous to be out," boater Chris Inghram says. "It was too high just to about south of the levees. It's probably been one of the worst years, but we're finally getting out there."

Inghram says he usually gets the boat out by May, sometimes earlier. But this year, he just started getting out this month.

"Yeah, they just got it cleaned up down here and it's nice to be out on the river again," he says.

While many signs of the flood are almost completely washed away, there's still work to be done. Nick MacGregor, assistant city manager to public works, told News 8 the inside of the Port of Burlington and Memorial Auditorium still need work before reopening.

The auditorium has mold and the risers need to be restored or replaced. MacGregor says it will reopen by October 1 if they're lucky.

The city estimates the flood caused a million dollars worth of damage to city property with more to come as they continue assessments.

Arconic and United Steelworkers agree to new contract


DAVENPORT- United Steelworkers have agreed to a new three-year contract with Arconic.

Union workers met to cast their votes Thursday, July 11.

The decision comes after months of tense negotiations which included a vote to allow a strike.

The company says the new deal includes annual wage increases of 3.5% and maintains or improves existing benefits.

In a statement released the same night, Arconic spokesman John Riches says the company is pleased an agreement has been reached.

The new collective bargaining agreement covers about 3400 workers at four plants including the Davenport Works facility in Riverdale.


Police confirm shooting in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa- A 26-year-old was treated at a local hospital with gunshot wounds in Davenport.

According to police on Thursday, July 11 around 3:16 p.m. A 26-year-old male arrived at Genesis Hospital with gunshot wounds.

He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his arm and leg.

Officers went to the area they think the shooting occurred and are conducting an investigation.

WQAD will publish any updates as information becomes available.

Judge rules that 43-year-old Spanish man is Julio Iglesias’ biological son

VALENCIA, Spain – A Spanish judge has ruled that singer Julio Iglesias is the biological father of a 43-year-old Spanish man, in a judgment published on Wednesday.

Judge Jose Miguel Bort Ruiz highlighted a “very obvious physical resemblance” between the singer and Javier Sanchez-Santos, who has spoken publicly about his struggle to be recognized as Iglesias’ biological son.

The judge in Valencia said there were enough clues to determine paternity, and cited Iglesias’ refusal to “enable the collection of biological evidence” as one of the deciding factors.

Julio Iglesias’ lawyer Fernando Falomir told CNN the singer would appeal the ruling and said Iglesias wouldn’t refuse to submit to a DNA test under certain circumstances as part of the appeals process.

The judge said there was “evidence in the proceedings that, at the approximate time of the applicant’s conception, there were certain contacts and dealings between the mother of the latter and that defendant.”

Those contacts took place in July 1975, the court heard in the Spanish town of Sant Feliu de Guixols, and “make it not unlikely or unreasonable the possibility that sexual relations existed between them,” the ruling said.

The judge also said a factor in his ruling was the testimony of Sanchez-Santos’ mother, Maria Edite Santos, a Portuguese former dancer who has publicly spoken about her fight to have her son’s paternity recognized. She provided “very specific data on the property, location and interior layout of the villa” where Julio Iglesias was staying at that time, the judge said.

Santos and her son have fought a three-decade paternity battle with Iglesias. In 1992, a Spanish judge ruled that the singer was indeed Sanchez-Santos’ father, but the ruling was quashed on appeal in 1994, according to El Pais.

JDC: Volunteer of the day Thursday

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC- Step into the volunteer tent during lunch and you'll have a smile on your face instantly, not just because of the food but because of volunteer Colin Benasch.

This is Colin's third year preparing lunch for thousands of volunteers at the classic.

He keeps everyone on track and his positive attitude motivates other volunteers.

JDC: Fan of the day Thursday


The RIA fan of the the day, or fans of the day come all the way from Perry, Iowa.

Sandy and Denny Pennington are first-time visitors to the JDC.

Denny was given tickets as a Christmas present from their kids.

A PGA tournament has always been on his bucket list.

The Penningtons are big Zach Johnson fans and were following him from hole to hole.

They say they enjoyed exploring the course but found it a bit 'hilly.'


Head in the Clouds Podcast: “Tornado Alley” is on the move

For this episode, Dr. Victor Gensini, Assistant Professor of Meteorology at Northern Illinois University discusses his latest study which found that tornado frequency is shifting, creating a new tornado alley.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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