In mid-June, Facebook — in cahoots with 28 partners in  the financial and tech sectors — announced plans to introduce Libra, a blockchain-based virtual currency.

The world's governments and central banks reacted quickly with calls for investigation and regulation. Their concerns are quite understandable, but, unfortunately, already addressed in Libra's planned structure.

The problem for governments and central banks:

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA (June 21, 2019) — A total of 11,406 students enrolled during the 2019 spring term at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean's List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President's List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A's).

The UA Dean's and President's lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

BELOIT, WISCONSIN (June 21, 2019) — The Quad Cities River Bandits grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but never scored again as the Beloit Snappers evened the series with a 4-2 win on Friday night. Logan Farrar’s go-ahead two-run single in the third inning represented the decisive blow for the Snappers.


DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 21, 2019) — Join us on Saturday, June 22, 11AM-3PM, for our second annual Best of the Wurst Sausage Competition! Sample sausage from local vendors, purchase delicious food, enjoy an ice cold beer, listen to music by The Guttenberg German Band, and vote for the "Best of the Wurst!"

Tickets are $5. Children under 12 are free.

This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Zimmerman Honda and Group Schumacher.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 21, 2019) — Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that the Future Ready Iowa (FRI) Employer Innovation Fund is now open for applications that help increase the number of Iowans earning non-credit and for-credit postsecondary credentials that lead to high-demand jobs. Applications can be prepared and submitted through by August 1. Eligible applicants include employers, employer consortiums and community organizations.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 21, 2019) — The River Music Experience's Live@Five concert for tonight has been moved inside the RME Hall due to weather.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 21, 2019) — Does your morning not really start until after your first cup of coffee? Do you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur? Are you interested in learning more about this miraculous beverage? Join us Saturday, July 13, 2PM, at Fairmount (3000 N Fairmount St) when Dunn Brothers Coffee will show you the journey to crafting the perfect cup.

NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA (June 21, 2019) — Mary Sears of Davenport, Iowa, graduated from Carleton College on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Sears studied English and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Sears was among 459 to graduate with the Carleton Class of 2019.


ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (June 20, 2019) — 

Kids ages 5-12 are invited to a weeklong morning camp from 9AM to noon that's filled with nature-based learning activities.

Cost is $70 per child for Botanical Center members and $80 for non-members. A few spots are still available for next week.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 20, 2019) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate honored the Iowa County Information Technology organization (ICIT) with a prestigious award for its assistance with improving election cybersecurity across the state. Sec Pate presented a National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award to the group during their annual conference on Thursday in West Des Moines.