New hot yoga studio opens in Davenport, Iowa.
Located at 2660 E 53 St #4 Davenport, Iowa
Studio owners, Cole and Nicole Morrow

  • Safe and convenient Location provided with ample parking in front of studio.
  • Open 7 days a week with classes starting at 6:00 AM and as late as 7:30PM. 2-4 classes scheduled per day.
  • Certified instruction and owner is registered with The Yoga Alliance, an international organization that sets the educational standards for yoga instructors and teachers.

"This is a professional hot yoga studio," said Cole. "We use silent, permanently wall mounted radiant heaters to warm the body and surrounding objects. Energy efficient Radiant heat differs from furnace heat, as they do not blow hot air on the practitioner. The heat is equally distributed to each student. We also use fresh air ventilation and humidity control." said Cole

3 levels of classes are scheduled to meet the desires of people new to yoga, as well as the experienced student.  Level 1-2, with temps from 80-85F. This class is geared toward new yoga students. RRHY(Red Root Hot Yoga) 100-110F, for the people that like it hot and slow, and Power flow yoga 85F. " I took all my experiences with hot yoga studios and instruction styles, and put it right here in the Quad Cities. Detailed instruction of postures and proper alignment is provided. Each class is like a yoga workshop" said Cole

The studio has been constructed using holistic thinking. From the fully recyclable yoga floor and mold resistant wall board, to the organic body wash, towels and soaps. " we believe wholeheartedly in taking care of ones mind, body, and spirit to obtain optimal health." said Nicole. " Join us in a non competitive environment. Where you can step away from the everyday stresses of life, gain self confidence, and build both physical, and mental strength." said Nicole.

The studio provides both mens and women's restrooms equipped with showers. High quality mat and towel rental is also provided. "I use only the best quality yoga gear at this studio. I want the people of the Quad Cities to enjoy all that yoga has to offer, with out having to worry about slips and falls. Take some time out for yourself, and come experience all the best that Red Root Hot Yoga has to offer." said Cole.

The Red Root Hot Yoga Studio has made accommodations for people with disabilities. Handicapped people are encouraged to start their own yoga practice here."Just because your in a wheel chair, does not mean you cant practice yoga. There is a space here for you" said Cole.

People interested in taking a class at Red Root Hot Yoga can sign up online via the website, and drop ins are welcome any time. Children are welcome to come to class, accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Any other questions or comments can be directed to Cole Morrow on the web, or by phone. "You can call me anytime with your questions or comments. I am available for you." said Cole

Your first class is always free!


This will be the third year that Ryan Companies has been the presenting sponsor for the Student Hunger Drive's Corporate Challenge. "The Corporate Challenge is a great opportunity for the business community to be a role model in community awareness that the students can look to as they prepare to kick off the Student Hunger Drive in their schools," said Greg Lundgren, President of Ryan Companies, USA, Inc. The Quad City Area high school students will kick off their hunger drives at the end of September.

The John Deere Foundation will help the Student Hunger Drive celebrate its 25 year anniversary. The Corporate Challenge Hunger Drive addresses a pressing problem in the Quad Cities region," says John Bustle, Vice President, John Deere Foundation. "It is a great way for all companies and businesses in our region to support our citizens.

A John Deere Foundation grant of up to $25,000 has been approved for this initiative, extending our support for the River Bend Food Bank, which includes the development and funding of BackPack programs in elementary schools, and individual capacity-building grants to help it meet the increasing demand for its services."

Companies participating are: Alternatives for the Older Adult, American Rental Association, Alcoa, Bettendorf Family YMCA, City of Davenport, Deloitte, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Eye Surgeons Associates PC, Gere Dismer Architects, Isabel Bloom LLC, Java Java, Junior Achievement of the Heartland Inc, Lujack's Northpark Auto Plaza, McLaughlin Body Co., McLaughlin Motors, Mel Foster Company, Midland Corporation, Quad City Times, Ruhl &Ruhl Commercial, Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors, Ryan Companies US Inc, Sam's Club, Snyder Park & Nelson PC, The National Bank, Trissel Graham & Toole, United Way of the Quad Cities Area, Weiss Family Chiropractic, Wells Fargo Bank and Walgreens.

"Demand for our services is at an unprecedented high", said Tom Laughlin, Executive Director of River Bend Food Bank. "The Corporate Challenge is a great way for the business community to join us in our daily battle against hunger". River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad City area with an annual distribution of over 6 million pounds of food through a distribution network of 300 feeding programs in 22 counties.

"The Corporate Challenge has been a natural progression from the students that were initially involved in the Student Hunger Drive to becoming vital leaders in our community and carrying on the passion of volunteerism and giving back to their neighbors in need," said Sarah Johnson, Student Hunger Drive Advisory Board Member.

"I am confident that this group of enthusiastic businesses will be successful in reaching our 50,000 pound goal to receive the generous $25,000 award from The John Deere Foundation," says Amy Pearson, Corporate Challenge Director for the Student Hunger Drive.


More than 100 Australian-built Pontiac G8 sport sedans -- some from both U.S. coasts and Canada -- are expected at the first-ever Pontiac G8 Nationals meet, August 20-22 in Bettendorf, Iowa, part of the Quad Cities on the Mississippi River between Chicago and Des Moines.

"We'll have drag races at a local track Friday night, a car show and cruise Saturday, awards Sunday morning and other activities too," says Joe Morgan of Middleton, WI, who organized the event on owner's forums at and  "I'm excited!"

The mid-range G8 GT model, with a 6.0 liter V8 producing 361 horsepower, won universal praise among automotive journalists at Motor Trend, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Automobile and Consumer Reports after its introduction in March 2008.  (Editors:  See links below)

Commended for its compliant but track-capable suspension, similar to a BMW 550i but at half the price, the G8 also won acclaim for a roomy, comfortable interior and sleek styling.  The family performance sedan doubles as a daily driver and hobby car for many owners.

The base G8 model comes with a 256 hp V6, while the premium G8 GXP features a 6.2 liter V8 producing 415 hp.  Some 38,000 units were produced, mostly mid-range G8 GTs.

The G8 GT is virtually identical to the Commodore VE model produced by Holden, GM's subsidiary in Australia.  Holden reportedly spent a billion dollars developing the car and Commodores still are being produced for sale in countries outside North America.  Some in Australia now feature the handsome Pontiac fascia (minus the logo) for a premium price.

Last year the G8 became a source of debate when GM product guru Bob Lutz argued it was a great car that could be continued as a Buick or Chevrolet, but GM's then-CEO Fritz Henderson and management decided against the idea.  Lutz, who is 78, retired May 1.  Henderson was replaced by current CEO Ed Whitacre Jr.

Registration for the G8 Nationals is free, although donations are welcomed to help cover insurance and other costs.  All Pontiac owners are invited.  The Isle of Capri casino and hotel in Bettendorf is the host hotel for the meet.  Interested parties can sign up at
"None of the Above" Campaign Continues at the State Fair

DES MOINES, IA - Friday, August 13, 2010 - Jonathan Narcisse, an independent candidate for Governor running on the "Iowa Party" ticket submitted nominating petitions containing signatures from nearly 1,900 Iowans from 47 counties and was ballot certified by the Secretary of State's office at close of business August 12, 2010.

The Narcisse For Iowa campaign started collecting signatures in late June following the announcement of Rick Marlar (Washington, IA) as his running mate but discovered last week, on the eve of turning in the signatures, that the Secretary of State's office changed the petition form for the gubernatorial race on their website July 20, 2010. Rather than risk a challenge by using the previously collected signatures, the Narcisse For Iowa campaign started anew. The new signatures, to put an independent on the ballot, were gathered in just over a week.

"The Secretary of State's office was very gracious and provided our campaign a letter approving use of the old petition forms. I knew, however, our campaign had the organizational strength and human resource power to collect the required signatures and secure support from the number of counties required. The window left open before the filing deadline was never daunting to us. It invigorated our team, especially in light of the skepticism that we could even qualify for the ballot, to begin with. We did it in just over a week. Plus, as a former boxer, I appreciate the value of a tune up and this exercise served as an excellent warm up for our official 99 county campaign," stated Narcisse.

Narcisse, who is seven counties short of completing his second 99 county circuit, has seen a rising tide of grassroots support emerge for his "None of the Above" campaign.

"Entering the contest we had strong support from various constituencies - teachers, labor, pro-family Catholics, and the African American community - on the Democratic side - all groups significantly betrayed by the Culver Administration. We have also enjoyed support from significant numbers of constitutionalist and fiscal and social accountability advocates that have heard my views during weekly radio appearances on KWMT in Fort Dodge, KBBG in Waterloo and WHO Radio, with its statewide audience," stated Narcisse.

"One pleasant surprise has been the number of Vander Plaat supporters breaking our way. They understand, despite the rhetoric of candidate Branstad, that his sixteen years in office make it clear he just doesn't care about their priorities. So I'm seeing a lot of that support pour my way especially from rural communities," stated Narcisse.

"Iowans are not enthusiatic about a sixth Branstad/Culver administration. Despite the two waging the most negative campaign in Iowa's history an honest examination of their records, practices, policies and especially their contributors, confirms the differences between these two men are primarily stylistic not substantive. Neither has offered a concrete plan to address the critical challenges facing our state. If they have I'd love to read it," stated Narcisse.

"As a member of the Des Moines School Board I fought for our children, parents, teachers and taxpayers and spoke truth to power without compromise. Iowans are hungry for that type of open, honest and accessible leadership that will place their needs and the needs of their children and this state above partisan and special interest politics. I bring that to the table," stated Narcisse.

"Our campaign also brings to the table real solutions. As I travel around the state, whether I meet with citizens, civic and political leaders or media I white board solutions. I show how we address the challenges of this state and how to pay for those solutions. In these times Iowans want to hear pragmatic ideas and common sense solutions."

The four pillars of the Narcisse for Iowa governance agenda are consistent with the values and priorities of Iowans:

* Creating accountable, efficient, and transparent government;
* Restoring a "World Class Plus" educational system;
* Rebuilding a low tax, free-market, prosperous state economy;
* Create a healthy Iowa by leading by example to fight lifestyle and obesity induced disease

Jonathan Narcisse is a former Des Moines School Board member, publisher and editor of multiple publications, radio show host and community advocate. During the early part of the decade he authored a 3,500 page report analyzing the condition of African-Americans in Iowa's 99 counties, and headed statewide health and education initiatives.

In 2009 Narcisse published "An Iowa Worth Fighting For: A Ten Step Vision Plan for 21st Century Governance." Narcisse evaluates the history of state expenditures versus population, reducing state government, corruption and accountability, tax reform, education reform through parental control and academic entrepreneurship, local control and property rights, public safety and drug interdiction and immigration reform.  The full text of this can be found at

He has received more than 400 national, state and local honors and awards including recognition from the Bush (Sr.), Clinton and Bush administrations and the Branstad, Vilsack and Culver administrations. He has finished second twice in national chess competitions and is a multiple state champion. He also had a 17-0 record as a semi-pro boxer while living in the Washington, D.C. area.

He has a son, Johnce, and two daughters, 14 year old daughter, Integrity, an 11 year old daughter, Perseverance and three grandchildren.

Narcisse, who lives in Des Moines, will spend the next ten days at the Iowa State Fair. Following that he will host "Iowa Issue Forums" throughout the state. Details on Jonathan's grassroots campaign can be found at  Media can contact Jonathan directly at 515-770-1218, or at

Durant FFA Student Exhibits Supreme Champion Female in Breeding Beef Show

DES MOINES, IA (08/16/2010)(readMedia)-- Kale Spengler of Durant exhibited the Supreme Champion Female in the FFA Breeding Beef Show Thursday, at the 2010 Iowa State Fair.

Spengler's prize winner topped its breed division to earn the Champion Commercial Heifer title prior to being named the Supreme Female in the day's competition.

Bettendorf Woman Takes Blue Ribbon in South of the Border Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/16/2010)(readMedia)-- Norita Solt of Bettendorf was awarded first place in the Carlos O'Kelly's Best Mexican Dish contest judged Thursday at the 2010 Iowa State Fair.

Diane Rauh and Sheri Gustafson, both of Des Moines, were awarded second and third place, respectively.

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. Food Department judging is held in the recently-renovated Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.

"Non Stop Fun" at the Iowa State Fair runs through August 22. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

325 Daily Seats to Atlanta Remain

MOLINE, IL (August 10, 2010) -- Late this morning, the Metropolitan Airport Authority was officially notified by AirTran Airways that service would be discontinued from Moline to Atlanta, effective November 30, 2010. Service to Orlando, the world's most popular tourist destination, will continue with four non-stop flights per week.

AirTran will begin new non-stop service from the Quad Cities to Fort Myers, FL beginning in the first quarter of 2011. The flight schedule for the Fort Myers service has not yet been announced. Preliminary discussions indicate Fort Myers service would be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, complimenting the Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday service to Orlando.

AirTran's difficult decision comes after years of strong competition in the Moline/Atlanta marketplace. Delta continues to offer five daily non-stop flights to and from Atlanta on 65-seat aircraft with first class options, convenient flights times, low matching fares and strong global connection opportunities with over 1,000 departures to 226 non-stop destinations from Atlanta.

"Although we are disappointed with AirTran's decision regarding Atlanta," says Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation, "we are pleased that they will be maintaining service to Orlando and adding a new non-stop destination for our Fort Myers passengers."

The Airport Authority continues to explore new non-stop opportunities with AirTran, American, United and Delta, as well as advocating bringing additional new low-cost carriers into the marketplace. The Quad City International Airport remains a strong regional competitive choice for nearly one million travelers annually, with non-stop service to eight major hubs.


-Airline to Discontinue Atlanta Service and Add Non-Stop Flights to Fort Myers-

MOLINE, Ill., (August 10, 2010) - AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), and Quad Cities International Airport today announced changes to the low-cost carrier's flight schedule.

AirTran Airways flights from Quad Cities to Atlanta will be discontinued on November 30, 2010.

The airline will begin new service from Quad Cities to Fort Myers, Fla., in the first quarter of 2011. "We are making adjustments to our flight schedule to better serve our passengers," said John

Kirby, AirTran Airways' senior director of strategic planning and scheduling. "Our new high-quality, low-cost service to Fort Myers will make getting to one of the most popular destinations on the West coast of Florida easier than ever."

AirTran Airways will continue to offer service from Quad Cities to Orlando, the world's most popular tourist destination, four times per week. "We are excited to maintain the Orlando non-stop flights and add the new non-stop service to Fort Myers in the first quarter of 2011. Orlando and Fort Myers are popular Florida destinations that many of our passengers from Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois will utilize," said Bruce Carter, director of aviation, Quad Cities International Airport. "AirTran and the Quad City airport have been excellent partners in providing low-cost air service for the past 13 years and will continue to explore additional non-stop service opportunities."

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI) and a Fortune 1000 company, has been ranked the number one low cost carrier in the Airline Quality Rating study for the past three years. AirTran Airways is the only major airline with Gogo Inflight Internet on every flight and offers coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. Our low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating, Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit


Watchdog Group Names Grassley a "Taxpayer Hero"

WASHINGTON - August 10, 2010 - Senator Chuck Grassley has been named a "Taxpayer Hero" by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste.

The elected representatives earning this designation "demonstrated unparalleled commitment to cutting wasteful spending, reducing the tax burden, and making government more accountable to taxpayers," according to Tom Schatz, the President of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste.

"The problem isn't that Americans are taxed too little; it's that Washington spends too much," Grassley said.

Grassley is a leader in the effort to stop the massive, across-the-board tax increase on individuals, families and small businesses that will occur on January 1, 2011, if Democratic congressional leaders fail to act by the end of the year to prevent it.  Grassley is spearheading a separate effort to extend tax incentives for renewable energy, including biodiesel and ethanol.  Tens of thousands of green-energy jobs have been lost nationwide because congressional leaders failed to renew the biodiesel tax credit at the end of 2009.  Grassley also has advanced a comprehensive tax relief plan for America's small businesses, where 70 percent of net new jobs are created.  He's urged the President to say no to tax increases and remove the uncertainty about tax policy that is hurting the economic recovery.

Grassley serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, which is responsible for tax policy.

In addition, Grassley conducts proactive, ongoing oversight of the federal bureaucracy to protect taxpayers from waste, fraud and abuse.  And, he continually works to safeguard and strengthen a law he updated in 1986 by empowering whistleblowers.  As a result of his effort, including legislation enacted this year, the False Claims Act has recovered over $22 billion in tax dollars that otherwise would be lost to fraud.  The Grassley provisions of the law, which he originally sponsored with Representative Howard Berman of California, have proven to be the government's most effective weapon against health care fraud.  These amendments also have served as a model for new whistleblower legislation that Grassley has championed for the IRS and SEC.  Grassley also has won enactment of incentives to encourage state-level False Claims Act to fight Medicaid fraud.

News release issued today by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste:

Taxpayer Watchdog Group Releases 2009 Congressional Ratings

(Washington, D.C.) - The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its 2009 Congressional Ratings, highlighting the voting records of all 535 members of Congress.  The report identifies members whose stellar voting records protecting taxpayers and saving money have won them the moniker of Taxpayer Hero and Super Hero.  CCAGW's 2009 Congressional Ratings also name hundreds of members who consistently voted against the fiscal interest of taxpayers.

CCAGW's 2009 Congressional Ratings scored 120 votes in the House and 74 in the Senate.  The average for the entire House was 31 percent (a 4 percentage point drop from 2008).  The average for the Senate was 39 percent (a one percentage point drop from 2008).  This year marks the twenty-first anniversary of the Congressional Ratings.

The 2009 Congressional Ratings cover the voting year 2009, the first session of the 111th Congress.  CCAGW rates members on a 0 to 100 percent scale.  Members are placed in the following categories: 0-19 percent Hostile; 20-39 percent Unfriendly; 40-59 percent Lukewarm; 60-79 percent Friendly; 80-99 percent Taxpayer Hero; 100 percent Taxpayer Super Hero.  CCAGW's website,, features the complete 2009 Congressional Ratings, including vote descriptions, scorecards for the House and Senate, and averages by chamber, party, and state delegation.

There were a total of seven House "Taxpayer Super Heroes," with a grade of 100 percent:  Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Mike Pence (R-Ind.), John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).  In 2009, there were 89 "Taxpayer Heroes" in the House with a grade of 80 percent or above, a 51 percent increase from the 59 in 2008.  The big difference was in the number of Democratic House members with a perfectly abysmal score of zero.  In 2008 there were only 34.  In 2009, however, the number of members with a score of zero skyrocketed to 105, which is 41 percent of the 256 House Democrats.  The lone Democrat in the Taxpayer Hero category was Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), with 83 percent.

From 2006 through 2008, there were no Senate "Taxpayer Super Heroes" (scoring 100 percent), but fortunately there were two in 2009, Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).  There were a total of 29 Senate "Taxpayer Heroes," 52 percent greater than the 14 in 2008.  The two next highest performers were Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) at 99 percent.  There were no senators with a score of zero, compared to 17 in 2008.

"Taxpayer Heroes and Super Heroes demonstrated unparalleled commitment to cutting wasteful spending, reducing the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers," said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.  "Their ratings are even more impressive given the record number of votes rated by CCAGW and the record number of representatives who could not vote even once to cut wasteful spending or taxes.  While far too many members of Congress on both sides of the Capitol demonstrated little regard for the consequences of failing to reduce the record $1.4 trillion deficit and $13 trillion debt, the Taxpayer Heroes and Super Heroes give taxpayers hope for the future."

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

TEANECK, NJ (08/10/2010)(readMedia)-- Elizabeth Lonning, of Davenport , IA, a student on Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus, located in Teaneck, N.J. has graduated as of May 2010.

The University's Metropolitan Campus for Professional and International Studies, located in the dynamic NY/NJ corridor in Teaneck, N.J., features a university atmosphere with an international perspective, attracting students from the U.S. and around the world. Undergraduates have access to the resources of a major graduate center and nearby New York City as an integral part of their learning experience.

Bloomington, Ill, August 10, 2010 - The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is accepting applications for board members to administer a unique grant program that empowers youth to take an active role in their education through service-learning.

The board, made up of a diverse group of students, ages 17-20, is selected based on State Farm's review of their applications and telephone interviews with the top 10 applicants by the State Farm zone in which they live. One board member and one associate board member represent each of State Farm's 13 zones from across the U.S. and Canada. Four additional one-year board members represent State Farm's Community Alliances partners and corporate. Students chosen present a clear understanding of service-learning and its value to communities.

Board members are charged with designing and implementing a $5 million per year signature service-learning initiative by administering grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. The initiative addresses issues important to students, State Farm and communities across America, such as financial education, disaster preparedness, driver safety, environmental responsibility and access to higher education.

Associate board members who successfully complete their first-year term become board members for a second year. Each member commits about 15 hours a month to the board and participates in four meetings throughout the year. One of these meetings takes place at the annual National Service-Learning Conference.

For more information on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and how to apply for board membership, visit  The deadline for applications is Sept. 10.