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St. Anthony's Begins $1.8-Million Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 13:22

St. Anthony's Catholic Church (at 417 North Main Street in Davenport) broke ground on Sunday, June 14, on a new multipurpose hall, an education center, a gathering center, parish offices, a warming kitchen, a patio, and a distribution window out of which meals will be served to the homeless and underprivileged. The $1.8-million expansion project will be completed by June 2010. For more information on St. Anthony's, visit StAnthonysDavenport.4LPI.com.

The Iowa Finance Authority has been awarded $73 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Treasury to ease pressure on the housing market. The Treasury Department will work with state housing agencies to jump-start the development or renovation of qualified affordable housing for families across the country.

 
Obama Taps Leach to Head National Endowment for the Humanities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 09:28

Jim LeachPresident Barack Obama has picked Davenport native and former Republican member of Congress Jim Leach of Iowa to head the National Endowment for the Humanities. In a statement, Obama described Leach as "a valued and dedicated public servant" who can carry on the endowment's "vital mission of ... giving the American public access to the rich resources of our culture." Obama has proposed increasing Natinal Endowment for the Humanities funding to $171.3 million in 2010. In March, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution to name the federal courthouse in Davenport in Leach's honor.

 
WQPT Ceases Analog Transmission PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 05:21

Quad Cities PBS station WQPT ended analog transmission ahead of the June 12 nationwide shutdown due to equipment failure. The station's channel-24 transmitter failed last week. According to General Manager Rick Best, the last time this problem occurred three years ago, it cost nearly $20,000 to make the repairs. The early shutdown affects over-the-air viewers still using an antenna who haven't installed a digital converter box or purchased a digital TV. The station's newer digital transmitter continues to provide WQPT to cable systems and those viewers able to receive an over-the-air digital signal.

The Illinois Senate last week passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, also known as Senate Bill 1381, by a vote of 30-28. The legislation would allow seriously ill patients with diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis to use marijuana if recommended by their doctor. If this legislation becomes law, patients with a state-issued ID card will be allowed to possess up to six plants and 2 ounces of usable marijuana. Senate Bill 1381 now moves to the House for consideration; its Human Services Committee approved a companion bill in March.

 
Family Museum Launches New Web Site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 07:48

The Family Museum in Bettendorf has launched a new Web site at FamilyMuseum.org. The site needed to appeal to three audiences: children, caregivers, and museum staff. On the new site, kids can paint, color, and participate in an online scavenger hunt. Their parents can find upcoming events, pay for admission, and chat with other parents online. And staffers make updates to the site from any computer with Internet access.

 
Rock Island Receives Brownfield Grant for Columbia Park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Collins   
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 08:45

The City of Rock Island was awarded a $150,000 brownfield grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete environmental assessment of the future Columbia Park development on the site of a former International Harvester manufacturing plant. Rock Island was one of nine Illinois communities and coalitions to receive funding in the 2009 grant round. The Columbia Park Master Plan, adopted by the city in 2005, incorporates parks, recreation areas, and other amenities along the Sylvan Slough. The Columbia Park redevelopment will replace the 80-acre Quad City Industrial Center site (covered almost entirely with buildings, drives, and parking lots) with a mixed-use development featuring a linear parkway and major arterials with enhanced landscaping.

 
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