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‘Off the Air’ podcast: A local radio station’s trick to surviving a dwindling business


Local, local, local.  That’s what WRMJ says has been the key to surviving as a traditional radio station in a world of advancing technologies.

Host Jonathan Ketz sits down with DJs John Hoscheidt and Jim Taylor and WQAD Digital Content Manager Katrina Lamansky to discuss the way of the internet taking over the need for local radio.

Hoscheidt and Taylor give their insight on what they’re doing to stay relevant and adapt to an ever-changing world.

Related: iHeart lays off QC radio DJs as part of company restructuring move

Muscatine man found guilty of killing his grandma

MUSCATINE, Iowa-- An 18-year-old was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing his grandmother.

County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren says on January 17, Darian Lensgraf, 18, of Muscatine, was found guilty of murder in the first degree.

The verdict is for the December 12, 2018, killing of his grandmother Diana Lensgraf.

"Evidence at trial showed that Darian Lensgraf entered the home of the victim and stabbed her multiple times in the chest and throat," read a statement from the county attorney. "At trial, he claimed that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. The jury's verdict rejected this claim."

The Muscatine County Attorney says Darian Lensgraf will be held in the Muscatine County Jail without bond pending his March 6, 2020, sentencing hearing at 9 a.m. He faces a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Man tells police he mixed his mom’s cremated remains with marijuana

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WAUKESHA, WI (WISN) — A 26-year-old man is accused of selling drugs that were mixed with his mother’s ashes.

Police said Austin Schroeder, of Menomonee Falls, admitted to investigators he cut the drugs using his dead mother’s cremated remains.

But he didn’t explain why.

Investigators said they received a tip about Schroeder and his girlfriend selling drugs out of their apartment.

According to a criminal complaint, twice last week, investigators sent an informant to the apartment.

They said the informant was able to buy marijuana.

A few days later, police returned and searched the apartment.

Investigators said they found 70 grams of marijuana, a small amount of MDMA, bongs and a drug scale.

According to the complaint, Schroeder tried to explain the “large amount of unknown powder and vegetable material located in the apartment,” saying he “mixed these substances for a variety of reasons.”

Schroeder said his mom died a little more than a year ago, and, according to the complaint, “Schroeder indicates he took some of her ashes and mixed them with a variety of substances, some of which he ultimately ingested.”

The complaint doesn’t indicate if he mixed the cremated remains in any of the drugs he’s accused of selling.

Schroeder and Kaitlin Geiger, 21, of Menomonee Falls, each face felony drug charges.

There’s no explanation in the complaint for why he allegedly admitted to ingesting his mom’s ashes.

The couple appeared Tuesday in Waukesha County Court.

They were released on a signature bond and scheduled to be back in court Jan. 28.

Disney drops ‘Fox’ name and will rebrand its movie studio as ’20th Century’

(CNN) — 20th Century Fox is an icon of Hollywood history. Its epic fanfare title card has appeared in front of “The Sound of Music,” “Star Wars” and other major films over the past 85 years. But in 2020, that name is going to change.

Disney is dropping the “Fox” name from its “20th Century Fox” brand, renaming the longtime studio as just “20th Century Studios.” Its art house production company, Fox Searchlight, will now be known as “Searchlight Pictures.”

Disney closed a $71 billion deal to acquire the studio and other Fox assets last year. The iconic logo, title card and its fanfare will stay the same, minus the name “Fox.’

The new branding will first been seen on Searchlight Pictures’ “Downhill,” a drama/comedy starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which hits theaters on February 14. “The Call of the Wild,” an adventure film starring Harrison Ford, will be the first film with the 20th Century Studios name, when it hits theaters on February 21.

Families of Canadians killed in Iran crash to receive $25,000 to help with first expenses, Trudeau says

(CNN) — The families of Canadian citizens or permanent residents killed in the downing of a passenger plane in Iran will receive $25,000 per victim from the Canadian government to help with immediate needs, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

The assistance, which could go toward funeral expenses and travel, will be delivered “in the coming days,” Trudeau said.

“I want to be clear: We expect Iran to compensate these families,” Trudeau told reporters at a news conference in Ottawa. “But I have met them (the families). They can’t wait weeks. They need support now.”

The announcement comes after Iran admitted last week that its military unintentionally shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight shortly after takeoff January 8 from Imam Khomeini Airport near Tehran.

Fifty-seven of the 176 people aboard the flight were Canadian, Trudeau’s government has said.

“We haven’t looked at what the full compensation would end up looking like from Iran,” Trudeau said. “But I can assure you that any money from Iran to the victims would go straight to them — it wouldn’t be to reimburse the Canadian government.”

The downing of the plane came hours after Iran fired missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US troops in retaliation for a drone strike at Baghdad airport that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.

The plane was bound for Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. Trudeau has said many of the passengers intended to fly on to Canada.

Iran’s military initially denied shooting down the plane before admitting to it several days later, saying the plane was “accidentally hit by human error.”

Iranian foreign minister expresses ‘profound regret’

Also Friday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne discussed the plane’s downing with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Oman.

“Minister Zarif conveyed his profound regret for this terrible tragedy, and Minister Champagne noted that he had met with families of victims this week who are deeply hurt and angry,” according to a statement from Champagne’s office.

“The ministers discussed the necessity of full access to Iran for officials from Canada and other grieving nations to: provide consular services, assist in ensuring victim identification meets international standards and participate in a thorough and transparent investigation,” the statement reads.

Champagne and Zarif talked about “the need for a transparent analysis of the black box data, to which Iran agreed,” and about ” the duty Iran has towards the families of the victims — including compensation,” the statement says.

“Minister Zarif expressed his support for Iran continuing to work with Canada and all grieving nations in these respects,” the statement reads.

Remains of some victims will arrive soon, Trudeau says

So far, no remains of Canadian victims have been returned to Canada, Trudeau said.

“But we’re expecting the first ones to come back in the coming days,” he said.

It shouldn’t matter whether a victim was a dual national, because Iran recognizes the families’ desires about where the burials take place should take precedence, Trudeau said.

About 20 families have asked for their loved ones remains to be returned to Canada, Trudeau said.

Davenport West science teacher accused of recording naked women without consent

BETTENDORF, Iowa-- A Davenport West High School science teacher was arrested Friday for reportedly recording naked women without their prior consent.

Clinton VanFossen, 58, was arrested at his Bettendorf home around noon Friday. A spokesman for Davenport Community Schools said VanFossen was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this week while the investigation continues.

The Bettendorf Police Department received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) two weeks ago that said a teenage female was being filmed while naked, or partially naked, without prior knowledge.

Bettendorf Police Chief Keith Kimball said during the investigation, police discovered the victims were not teenage females, but were adult women.

Police went to 58-year-old Clinton VanFossen's home in Bettendorf on Jan. 7, 2020 and reportedly found two hidden "spy" cameras fashioned to look like smoke or carbon dioxide detectors, according to a police affidavit from Chief Kimball.

One camera was in the ceiling of a bedroom and the second was in the hallway ceiling just outside of the bedroom.

VanFossen said he was unaware the detectors were different from others in his house, according to the affidavit. The affidavit said video footage from October 2019 shows VanFossen adjusting the direction of the camera and the camera systems were frequently accessed on a cell phone app.

After police told VanFossen about the tip and that they found the cameras, he allegedly bought a new phone at a store in Davenport, Iowa. The affidavit says VanFossen likely destroyed the original phone to prevent police from discovering evidence.

Police found video with audio footage that showed women who stayed in the bedroom in various states of nudity from Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 4, 2020, the affidavit said. The victims said they did not know they were being recorded or give consent, according to the affidavit.

Chief Kimball said he is unsure how worried Davenport West parents should be about their student's science teacher.

"I don't know if parents should be worried," Chief Kimball said to News 8 in a phone interview. "I don't want to say no. It's hard when people are into this behavior; you just don't know. I would be concerned, but we will just let the investigation continue."

VanFossen was charged with five counts of invasion of privacy (nudity), one count of electronic and mechanical eavesdropping and one count of obstructing prosecution for destroying his cell phone.

All of the charges are misdemeanors.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police ask those with information about this incident to call the Bettendorf Police Department at (563) 344-4015 or email Chief Kimball at kkimball@bettendorf.org.

"This is even more important because there might be more out there," Chief Kimball said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Buck stands on Mississippi River ice near Village of East Davenport

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A buck was stranded on ice along the Mississippi River Friday morning, January 17.

The animal was spotted near the Village of East Davenport, surrounded by a group of dozens of geese.

A spokesperson from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the department did not send a rescue crew for the animal because the ice and cold would put people at risk.

"Deer are excellent swimmers, and able to swim to a safer location if they decide to do that," said Iowa DNR Conservation Officer Travis Graves.

By Friday afternoon the animal was no longer in the area.

Government watchdog concludes Trump administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid

(CNN) -- The Government Accountability Office said the Trump administration broke the law when it withheld US security aid to Ukraine last year that had been appropriated by Congress, a decision that's at the heart of the House's impeachment case against President Donald Trump.

The GAO, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog, said in a decision issued Thursday that the White House budget office violated the Impoundment Control Act, a 1974 law that limits the White House from withholding funds that Congress has appropriated.

The Office of Management and Budget told the GAO it "withheld the funds to ensure that they were not spent 'in a manner that could conflict with the President's foreign policy,'" said Thomas Armstrong, the GAO's general counsel. But the GAO rejected that argument.

"Faithful execution of the law does not permit the President to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law," the GAO wrote. "OMB withheld funds for a policy reason, which is not permitted under the Impoundment Control Act. The withholding was not a programmatic delay. Therefore, we conclude that OMB violated the ICA."

The decision will add fuel to the Democratic allegations that Trump's conduct ran afoul of the law when the his administration withheld $400 million in security aid to Ukraine while the President and his team pushed Ukraine to open an investigation into the President's political rivals.

The GAO decision comes as the President's Senate impeachment trial is set to begin on Thursday, with Senate Democrats pushing for Republicans to allow additional witnesses and documents to be considered during the trial.

"This bombshell legal opinion from the independent Government Accountability Office demonstrates, without a doubt, that the Trump Administration illegally withheld security assistance from Ukraine. The publicly available evidence also shows that the President himself ordered this illegal act," Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, said in a statement. "The GAO's independent findings reinforce the need for the Senate to obtain all relevant documents and hear from key fact witnesses in order to have a fair trial."

OMB spokeswoman Rachel Semmel said the budget office disagrees with the GAO's decision.

"OMB uses its apportionment authority to ensure taxpayer dollars are properly spent consistent with the President's priorities and with the law," Semmel said.

The White House budget office notified federal agencies that the Ukraine aid was being withheld at the direction of the President on July 18, 2019, according to testimony from the House's impeachment inquiry. The aid was formally withheld on July 25, when OMB official Michael Duffey, a political appointee, took over the decision from Mark Sandy, a career budget official.

But Democrats seized on the decision, arguing it was both a clear sign the President violated the law and that the Senate needed to hear new information about Trump's dealings in Ukraine.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the GAO report "confirmed that the President's actions at the center of our impeachment articles, withholding congressionally approved military aid from Ukraine, was illegal."

"This reinforces again the need for documents and eyewitnesses in the Senate," she said. "You see this more and more and more in all of this, this tangled web to deceive that the administration is engaged in."

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Democrat who sought the Government Accountability Office report on the White House violating the Impoundment Control Act, said he thought the GAO's decision would become a significant part of the House's impeachment case that's presented in the Senate.

During the House impeachment inquiry, the Impoundment Control Act was not a focus, and it didn't wind up in the two articles of impeachment, but Van Hollen said now that a non-partisan watchdog has weighed in, it should take on added importance.

"I think the House will now make that a big part of the argument," he told reporters. "I think how that we have an independent, non-partisan legal determination from GAO, it conclusively demonstrates that the administration violated the law. And we know from other evidence that they violated the law at the direct command of the President."

Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont, the top Senate Democratic appropriator, said the GAO decision was "damning."

"I've been here since the time of President Ford, I have never, ever seen a report like this objecting so strongly to actions of the President," he said.

And House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey of New York said that after the watchdog ruling, "I feel even more strongly that the House has chosen the right course by impeaching President Trump."

The hold on the aid was extended nine times until a decision on September 11 to release it, which came as Congress was ramping up investigations for the delay and after a whistleblower report had been filed alleging that the aid was being withheld by the President as he sought for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, even though there's no evidence that either broke the law.

The White House budget office told the GAO that the money was withheld because they were reviewing the programs, meaning the delay wasn't subject to the Impoundment Control Act. But the GAO rejected that argument.

"OMB asserts that its actions are not subject to the ICA because they constitute a programmatic delay," GAO wrote. "OMB further argues that because reviews for compliance with statutory conditions and congressional mandates are considered programmatic, so too should be reviews undertaken to ensure compliance with presidential policy prerogatives. OMB's assertions have no basis in law."

The GAO said its investigation is not yet complete into the matter, as the State Department and OMB did not provide information requested related to the hold of State Department funding to Ukraine. "We will continue to pursue this matter," the watchdog wrote.

NAILED IT OR FAILED IT: Make Your Own Snowflakes… Inside!

It's going to be another one of those weekends, friends. Eric is forecasting snow, sleet... and shoveling.

So, when you need a break or if you feel like you're getting Cabin Fever being stuck inside, try making your own snowflakes! This craft is really easy and you probably already have a lot of these items around your house - pipe cleaners, string, pencils, mason jars. The "magical" ingredient you need is Borax, which you can find at any grocery store in the laundry detergent area. This, mixed with a pot of boiling water, allows your pipe cleaner snowflake to crystallize - and the effect is really cool!

For Nailed It Or Failed It on Friday, January 17th, 2020, we showed you how to set-up your snowflake for success, step-by-step, during Good Morning Quad Cities. Click the video above to see that. Then, during News 8 at 11am, we showed you what happened to our snowflake in the time between our newscasts. Click the video below to see the result!

Cool, right? Also, cool - our Cocktail of the Week! This week, Jon visited The J Bar in Davenport, where Bartender Dalton Wilson made a Valentine's Day drink called "From Moscato, With Love":

Man suffers gunshot injury along Locust Street in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A man with a gunshot wound was treated at a local hospital after being shot on Locust Street in Davenport.

The man was taken to the hospital Thursday evening, January 16, according to a statement from the Davenport Police Department.

According to police, investigators found that that man had been shot in the 300 block of East Locust Street where a disturbance was reported.  That’s near multiple businesses, at the intersection of Pershing Avenue.

A fired cartridge case was found in the area.  There were no other injuries reported nor any damages.

Police said the man’s wound was not life-threatening.

If you have any information you’re asked to call the Davenport Police Department at 563-326-6125.

Illinois high school debates changing controversial mascot

ROCKTON, Illinois-- A high school in Rockton, Illinois is at a crossroads about whether to change its mascot.

Several students at Hononegah High School started a petition called 'Remove the Hononegah High School Mascot' to get rid of their Native American mascot.

"Despite the recent demands of hundreds of Native tribes across the nation to remove dehumanizing Native mascots from sports and schools, Hononegah continues to use the image a Native man to represent our school under the banner of the 'Hononegah Indians'," the petition reads.

Within a few hours, other students started their own petition to keep the mascot which has nearly 13,000 signatures.

"The Indian mascot is not a misrepresentation of their people and their culture. It’s more of an homage to the colorful history of this town we live in and deserves to be kept that way," the petition titled 'Keep the Indian' says. "Any other interpretation of the Indian mascot is misconceived."

The controversy has led to debates at school board meetings with one side arguing the mascot is offensive and outdated and the other calling it important representation and a key part of history.

The school board says a formal request to review the mascot has not yet been given.

According to the Rockford Register Star, this is the first time the debate to remove the mascot has been raised in the city.

Iowa school district to replace MLK day with ‘make up snow day’

TIFFIN, Iowa -- A school district in Johnson and Iowa counties in Iowa is facing criticism for replacing Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a make up snow day.

The Clear Creek Amana Community School District approved the change for their 2020-2021 school year. The school board says that in November it sent out surveys for families to review the calendar and respond with comments, but didn't hear back.

Some parents say they are protesting the change by keeping their children out of school on Monday, Jan. 20.

A petition to restore the holiday was started by Sean Keller, a parent of a student in the district. The petition now has more than 900 signatures.

"It sends a message that we don't value MLK day the way we value other federal holidays and maybe the community doesn't and if so, we need to have that conversation," Keller said.

Parking restrictions for declared snow emergencies

Winter is coming! Blizzard conditions are expected as snow is set to start coming down heavily at noon Friday. For more, read Meteorologist Eric Sorensen’s forecast. 

To check the weather anytime, click here.

Blackhawk Township, Illinois — A snow emergency was declared starting at noon on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

Blue Grass, Iowa — A winter weather emergency has been issued from 3 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday.  This means there will be no parking allowed on city streets; this gives emergency vehicles and snow plows full access to the road.  The city’s public safety building will be open to those in need.

Burlington, Iowa — The Burlington area is under a winter weather advisory. Once 2 inches of snow accumulate, parking is not allowed on emergency snow routes until the advisory is cancelled.

Carbon Cliff, Illinois — A snow emergency has been declared starting at noon Friday until around noon Monday. Parking on snow routes is prohibited once snow reaches two inches. Vehicles parked on snow routes may be ticketed and towed. All streets and roads in the Village Corporate Limits are considered snow routes.

Clinton, Iowa — A snow emergency is in effect from 4 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday.  Vehicles must be removed from all city streets by 7 p.m. on Friday, otherwise they may be ticketed or towed.  Calendar parking is in effect, that means on even days of the week, park on the side of the street with even addresses. On odd numbered days of the week, park on the side of the street with odd numbered addresses.  Snow routes will be cleared first before crews get to residential areas.

Coal Valley, Illinois — A snow and ice emergency is in effect starting Friday at 3 p.m. until Sunday at noon.  During that time, drivers cannot leave their vehicles on any village streets, avenues, alleys, or village parking lots when there are two or more inches of snow on the ground.

Eldridge, Iowa — Parking on all city streets is not allowed from 5 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday for a snow emergency. Eldridge provides snow emergency parking lots at the Municipal Parking Lot, Faith Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church, North Scott Junior High School south side parking lot, the east and west side of Centennial Park, Cornerstone Baptist Church and the Water Treatment Plant. Visit the City of Eldridge, Iowa website for more.

Rapids City, Illinois — No street parking is allowed from 1 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Rock Falls, Illinois — A snow emergency is in effect from 6 p.m. Friday, January 17 until Sunday. Parking restrictions will be in place during this time, using odd-even parking.  This means, drivers should park on the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses on odd days of the week and even-numbered addresses on even days of the week.  Click here for more information on snow routes in Rock Falls. 

Walcott, Iowa — A snow emergency was issued from noon Friday until 6 p.m. on Saturday. The city asks people to avoid parking on city streets. If necessary, the city says to park on odd-numbered streets on Friday and even-numbered streets on Saturday.

Walnut, Illinois —  A snow emergency is in effect from noon Friday, Jan. 17 until noon on Saturday Jan. 18.

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Alyssa Nakken becomes first full-time female coach in MLB history

Alyssa Nakken, a former softball star at Sacramento State, will join the San Francisco Giants coaching staff as the first female full-time assistant in Major League Baseball history.

Giants Manager Gabe Kapler, who was hired in November, added Nakken and Mark Hallberg to his staff on Thursday, the team announced. Kapler said they will help build a winning culture in the clubhouse.

"In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different," Kapler said. "That's why in addition to assisting the rest of the coaching staff on the field, Mark and Alyssa will focus on fostering a clubhouse culture that promotes high performance through, among other attributes, a deep sense of collaboration and team."

Nakken, a former three-time all-conference first baseman for Sacramento State, joined the team as an intern in their baseball operations department in 2014 and was most recently in charge of overseeing the organization's health and wellness initiatives.

Justine Siegal, the first female coach for a major league organization when she was with the Oakland Athletics instructional league team in 2015, tweeted: "The wall is broken."

The wall is broken. https://t.co/7yoh2E7vp0

— Justine Siegal (@justinebaseball) January 17, 2020

In November, the New York Yankees hired Rachel Balkovec as a full-time minor league hitting coach.

Former Sacramento State head coach Kathy Strahan said she was very proud.

"I knew early that she would blaze new trails and do something ground breaking," Strahan said, according to a release from the university. "Her positive energy, intellect and tremendous drive to succeed will be an invaluable asset to the Giants players and organization. I believe this incredible journey is just the beginning and I know that she will enjoy the ride."

The Giants were 77-85 last season.

Happy Birthday! Betty White turns 98

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A Golden Girl gets another candle on her birthday cake.

Betty White turns 98 years young Friday, Jan. 17, 2020! The six-time Emmy winner told Parade magazine that the secret to a long life is to “accentuate the positive, not the negative,” according to CNN.

A week before her birthday, White tweeted a trailer for a new documentary now streaming on Netflix called Betty White: First Lady of Television. The documentary “traces her decades-long career as a woman breaking new ground in entertainment,” according to Netflix.

What a wonderful early birthday gift from @netflix!!! Check it out! https://t.co/0RBzcP07iq. #98feelsgreat!

— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) January 11, 2020

 

White’s career has lasted more than seven decades with appearances on both the small and big screen.

White made a Twitter account in 2012 and the social platform was flooded with fans and celebrities wishing her a Happy Birthday. Actor Ryan Reynolds and Actress Sandra Bullock posted a video.

Happy 98th Birthday to the one and only Betty White #XCVIII @BettyMWhite pic.twitter.com/iQDw1QqgoW

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 17, 2020

Here’s a brief look at the actress’ life:

Birth date: January 17, 1922

Birth place: Oak Park, Illinois

Birth name: Betty Marion White

Father: Horace White, electrical engineer

Mother: Tess White

Marriages: Allen Ludden (June 14, 1963-June 9, 1981, his death); Lane Allen (1947-1949, divorced); Dick Barker (1945, divorced)

Children: Three stepchildren with Allen Ludden: David, Martha and Sarah

Other Facts

Nominated for 21 Primetime Emmy awards and won five.

Nominated for one Grammy Award and won one.

Was offered the role of Blanche Devereaux on “The Golden Girls,” but accepted the role of Rose Nyland instead.

Turned down a part in the 1997 film, “As Good as it Gets,” because she objected to a scene in which a dog is thrown down a laundry chute.

Timeline

1940s – Has roles on several popular radio shows, including “Rin-Tin-Tin,” “This is Your FBI” and “The Great Gildersleeve.”

1949 – Lands her first role on television on “Hollywood on Television,” a live daily show.

1975 – Wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

1976 – Wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

1985-1992 – Plays Rose Nyland on “The Golden Girls.”

1986 – Wins Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series for “The Golden Girls.”

1995 – Is inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

1996 – Wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “The John Larroquette Show.”

January 23, 2010 – Is presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

May 8, 2010 – Hosts “Saturday Night Live.”

August 21, 2010 – Wins a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for her guest host spot on “Saturday Night Live.”

2010-2015 – Plays Elka Ostrovosky on “Hot in Cleveland.”

February 12, 2012 – Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling) for “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t).”

December 2013 – Earns the Guinness World Record for Longest TV Career for a female entertainer (74 years).

April 26, 2015 – Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

September 17, 2018 – Is honored at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards for her more than 80 years in show business.

The World’s Toughest Rodeo’s in town. Don’t get whipped…

MOLINE, Illinois--- There's a big event happening Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18. The Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo is back for two fun shows.

Fifth generation cowboy Rider Kiesner is joining us Friday morning on News 8 at 11 to show us what you can expect.

Both performances start at 7:30 p.m. at the TaxSlayer Center. Tickets start at just $20. To buy them, click here.

Heavy snow coming Friday night, followed by slush and intense cold

Get ready for another "winter wallop!"

An intense area of low pressure will traverse the Midwest bringing blizzard conditions to Northwestern Iowa. Here in the eastern part of the state and for much of Northern and Western Illinois.

TIMING: Begins around noon in the Quad Cities. 9:00 a.m. for Southeastern Iowa. 3:00 p.m. for the Sauk Valley and Northwestern Illinois.

Accurate Forecast and Video Forecast

IMPACT: Snow comes down heavily after noon and through 10:00 p.m. Friday night. Temperatures will rise above freezing during the overnight so a changeover to rain is possible. That will really compact the snow on the ground. A brief inch of snow is possible on the tail end of the system.

If you can get home early Friday, you'll be better off than waiting into the evening. The worst driving will be Friday from 4 p.m. through Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m.

DANGEROUS COLD: Temperatures will fall below zero by early Sunday morning with chills below -20. Dangerous cold continues through the day with another bitterly cold night Sunday night.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Accident dumps cattle on I-80 in Scott County

SCOTT COUNTY, IOWA-- An accident caused cattle to go onto the interstate.

Davenport Police say it happened at the I-280 interchange around 1 p.m. Thursday, January 16, causing eastbound traffic near Walcott to move slowly back to the Quad Cities.

The mess was cleaned up by about 4 a.m. Friday. Police say the driver involved in the accident was not hurt.

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