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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces New Private Funds to Make Investments in Rural America

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the launch of two new private funds, known as Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. This announcement is part of USDA's ongo...

Worker's Memorial Day Events around Iowa

Safe Jobs save lives, keep the promise alive

Cedar Rapids: April 28, 5:30 pm. IBEW Local 405 Hall, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW. Speakers: Kelly Steinke, President of Hawkeye Labor Council; Paul Iversen, University of Iowa Labor Center and Liz Mathis, Iowa State Senator. Sponsored by the Hawkeye Labor Council....

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Smiddy Hosts Community Education Forum

HILLSDALE, Ill. – To continue his mission to keep constituents informed and fight for high-quality schools in the community, state Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, is hosting a Community Education Forum on Monday, May 4, at Moline High School, 3600 Avenue of the Cities in Moline from 6:30 PM to 8:...

Starenko is featured in "More Than I Imagined" series

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/28/2015)(readMedia)-- Rosalie Starenko, an Augustana senior from Rock Island majoring in geography and Spanish, has been featured in the 2015 "More Than I Imagined" web series, where exceptional seniors from a wide variety of majors reflect on what they've accomplished at Aug...

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Statement by Gov. Pat Quinn on the Passing of Gov. Dan Walker

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn has issued the below statement on the passing of Gov. Dan Walker:

“As a member of the United States Navy, Gov. Dan Walker served our country with courage and distinction in World War II and the Korean War.

“He fervently believed in the power of democracy and the impor...

Governor Issues Statement on the Death of Former Governor Dan Walker

Springfield – Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement on the death of former Governor Dan Walker.

“Diana and I are saddened to learn of the passing of former Governor Dan Walker.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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New book shares WWII soldier’s letters home

‘Letters from Ralph’ shows journey of soldier through collection of letters

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – World War II was a time when family and friends could only hear about the whereabouts and condition of their loved one overseas through letters. Authors Lee and Bonnie Meier have teamed up to pres...

KWQC-TV6 Wins Big at Iowa Broadcast News Association Awards

No large-market station in Iowa earned more awards than KWQC-TV6 at the Iowa Broadcast News Association this past weekend.

The station earned the coveted Overall Excellence award, as well as first-place awards for Political Coverage, Best Investigative/In-depth (reporter Mark Stevens for “Flood ...

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THE TJX FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO CHURCHES UNITED

Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $5,000.00 grant from The TJX Foundation, in support of Winnie’s Place, its Emergency Shelter for Women (and their children).  

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community.  Its 136 member churches represent 50...

Girl Scouts elect Board of Directors

April 17, 2015 - Bettendorf, Iowa – Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois added three new girl representatives to the Board of Directors at its annual meeting on April 11.

Kasia Luebbe of Taylor Ridge, IL, Mallory Roudabush, Mt. Vernon, IA, and Sierra Pope, Williamsburg, IA, were un...

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Upcoming Quad City STEM Events for Students, Parents & Volunteers

Upcoming Events with Volunteer Needs:

  •  Monday, May 3 - Science Night - Noche de Ciencias - Black Hawk College (5:30 - 8:30 PM) Parents and students age 9-15 are invited to attend the free event hosted at Black Hawk College in partnership with QCESC member society, the Society of Hispanic Profe...

America’s Renewable Future highlights Iowa farmers’ environmental stewardship

DES MOINES— In honor of Earth Day, America’s Renewable Future released the following statement:

“We celebrate Iowa farmers and their invaluable hard work and commitment to our planet. Our farmers are the Earth’s best stewards—they understand that taking care of our land goes hand-in-hand wi...

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Tourism to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Creates $9,928,900 in Economic Benefits

Report shows visitor spending supports 131 jobs in local economy

WEST BRANCH, IOWA—A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 139,086 visitors to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in 2014 spent $7,800,400 in communities near the park. That spending supported 131 jobs in the local area ...

FORD/IDOT TEEN DRIVING EVENT

SPRINGFIELD, IL (04/22/2015)(readMedia)-- Teens are inexperienced and face more dangers behind the wheel than ever before. They are challenged daily by the choices they face, whether it be buckling up, speeding, driving impaired or driving distracted.

By highlighting awareness of these dangers and...

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Rock Island Public Library Hosts Program on Credit Island History in May

Rock Island, IL: Learn about the role of Davenport's Credit Island in local and national history, and its recent rejuvenation, with a free history presentation at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 14 at the Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street,. Rock Island.

Davenport Parks and Recreation Director Scott ...

American Cancer Society Bettendorf Discovery Shop to host Annual Spring Garden Event

All of the volunteers and staff at the Bettendorf Discovery Shop are hoping that you will be able to join us Monday, May 4th for our Garden event.  We are all ready to welcome a long awaited spring by filling the shop with a variety of beautiful spring things that have been donated over the...

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Hardacre Film Festival taking a break to focus on fundraising to save theater

TIPTON, Iowa—The Hardacre Film Festival is taking a year off.

The staff behind Iowa’s longest-running film festival announced today their decision to delay the next festival until 2016 so the group can help with fundraising to save the festival’s namesake, the historic Hardacre Theater in downt...

Felix and Fingers to Play Timber Lake Playhouse

MOUNT CARROLL, IL -- Timber Lake Playhouse, in collaboration with Timber Lake Resort and Campground, will present an interactive event performance of the Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos Show at the playhouse on Saturday, May 9th. This nationally renowned show that take requests from the audience an...

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Act Soon to be Part of a Lasting Memorial with the Scott County Freedom Rock by Purchasing Hero Pavers

LECLAIRE, Iowa. In dedication to the men and women who have so bravely served our country with unbelievable strength and courage, the surroundings of the Scott County Freedom Rock are acting as a memorial to soldiers, firefighters, police officers and emergency responders. “Hero Pavers”...

First U.S. Tank Commander to Engage Enemy Forces in World War II Dies

1st Lt. Benjamin Morin spent three and a half years as a Prisoner of War, later ordained as a priest

SPRINGFIELD, IL (04/27/2015)(readMedia)-- 1st Lt. Benjamin Morin, the first U.S. tank commander to engage enemy forces in World War II and the last surviving officer of the National Guard's famed 19...

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SECC SELECTED TO HOST THE IOWA/ILLINOIS COMMUNICATION EXERCISE

We are pleased to announce that Scott Emergency Communications Center (SECC) has been selected as the host sight for the Homeland Security Communications Unit Exercise for Iowa/Illinois. This is the first Multi-State Exercise ever undertaken by Homeland Security and is designed to simulate a catastr...

Governor Names CIO; Announces Appointments

CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has hired the state’s Chief Information Officer, and made appointments to the Illinois Community College Board, the Capital Development Board, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Health Facilities and Review Board, and the Ill...

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senior White House Advisor Brian Deese Announce Partnerships with Farmers and Ranchers to Address Climate Change

Voluntary, Incentive-based Efforts Will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Expand Renewable Energy Production, Help Producers Boost their Operations and Grow the Economy

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 23, 2015 -- In a speech today at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out ...

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR XSTREAM CLEANUP 2015!

QUAD-CITIES—The date is set and planning is underway for Xstream Cleanup, the Quad-Cities’ annual, volunteer-based cleanup of area waterways.

The cleanup will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Online registration will open by July 1 at www.xstreamcleanup.org .

Event organize...

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ISEA President Tammy Wawro statement on mental health facility closings

DES MOINES, IA (04/29/2015)(readMedia)-- Once again, Governor Branstad is out of step with what Iowan's believe. A recently released Public Policy Pol l cites Iowans over whelming opposition to the Governor's decision to close two mental health facilities in Iowa.

"Governor Branstad and House Republica...

4 Ways To Gain Perspective On Your Chronic Headaches

Exposing The Health Industry’s Big Secret

Imagine suffering chronic pain – say, in the form of headaches or migraines.

Happily, you’ve found a solution to the problem. It has been several months of losing focus, sleep and general interest in the things you used to like. You went to a doctor ...

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“#Nepal2015” BENEFIT CONCERT ANNOUNCED


DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, Above + Beyond Cancer has joined forces with the Des Moines Social Club to host the “Nepal 2015” concert to benefit the citizens of Nepal affected by the devastating earthquake over the weekend. 

We are pleased to announce three Iowa bands will be performing durin...

America’s Navy is coming to CASI the Center for Active Seniors

Davenport, Iowa - America’s Navy is coming to CASI the Center for Active Seniors to host a performance by Ambassadors to the Midwest, the U.S. Navy Band Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes show band, during its spring 2015 tour.

Ambassadors to the Midwest performances are scheduled for 12...

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Working Families Summit

Presidential Issues, No Candidates Necessary — for Now

Summit Goal: Wage, Justice Issues Should Shape Coming Iowa Campaign

Who says you need presidential candidates to talk political issues in Iowa?

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich will keynote a Working Families Summit scheduled for Sat...

"Run Ben Run" Prepares In Iowa for Dream Come True May 4

You have probably heard that Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon, Medal of Freedom Winner, and now likely presidential candidate will be heading to Iowa on Monday May 4 -- right after he makes an announcement in Detroit on whether he will become a candidate for President of the United States.
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Iowa State Fair Entries Available Online Beginning May 1

DES MOINES, IA (04/29/2015)(readMedia)-- Premium books and entry forms for competitive events at the 2015 Iowa State Fair will be available at iowastatefair.org beginning Friday, May 1. The Iowa State Fair "Fair Tour" will run August 13-23.

Premium books and entry forms can be accessed at www.iowastatef...

KERNELS OUTLAST BANDITS, 1-0 IN 11 INNINGS

Top two Western Division teams go a combined 0-for-21 with runners in scoring position
DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 28, 2015) – After 10 scoreless innings Tuesday, the Cedar Rapids Kernels loaded the bases with a  single and  two errors in the top of the 11th inning, and Kernels third baseman...
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Happy Joe's PIZZAGRILLE Concept Takes Flight!

Happy Joe's began experimenting with expanding the brand several years ago. We added a quaint bar to the Maquoketa location and later revamped the location in Eldridge introducing a new concept called 350 Grille. Both of these projects helped give Happy Joe's the insight we needed to launch our next...

Second Release of “Boetje’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Mustard” in Partnership with Mississippi River Distilling Company During First Friday in LeClaire, Iowa

LeClaire, Iowa, April 27, 2015 – There are not many flavors more quintessential to the Quad Cities than Boetje’s Mustard. Now with the help of a local distillery, this classic is getting a new twist. This Friday, Boetje’s and Mississippi River Distilling Company will have the second ...

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Elizabeth DeMay of Geneseo exhibits art at Augustana Teaching Museum of Art

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/29/2015)(readMedia)-- Every year graduating studio art students create and display a collection of original art. This year twenty students, including Elizabeth DeMay, created unique collections that were displayed in the Augustana Teaching Museum of art from April 24 to May ...

May Events for Kids, Families and Seniors, too, at the Zoo

CELEBRATE SPRING AT NIABI ZOO.

The temps are finally warming up, so it's time to get out to the zoo!

May is full of school field trips during the week and fun events on the weekends. Stop by and say hi to your favorite animals.

Make entering the zoo a breeze by making note of these changes:

Members can ...
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U.S., Honduras Sign Agreement to Promote Agricultural Development and Trade

Tegucigalpa, HONDURAS, April 29, 2015 - Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and Honduras Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock Jacobo Paz today signed an agreement to support agricultural development and trade in Honduras.

Through the Food for Progress Program, the U.S. Department of Agri...

Global Soybean Stakeholders Monetize Biotech-Approval Delays

U.S. soy family partners with China, South America to examine implications of trait postponements

ST. LOUIS (April 24, 2015) – A new white paper shows that a three-year postponement in global approval of biotech-enhanced soybean traits any time in the next 10 years would cost farmers and consumer...

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