• On May 15 at 10:13 p.m., the Scott
County Sheriff's Department was notified by concerned citizens that they saw flashlights and what they believed to be people in distress in the middle of the Mississippi River in the Princeton area.

• Based on the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau's estimate that it costs $28,000 per working day after a session is scheduled to end, the cost of the Iowa legislature's overtime comes to $196,000. (Legislators were scheduled to finish business on April 27.

Moline
• Mayor Stan Leach has formed a task force to explore the future of professional baseball in the Quad Cities. The impending sale (and subsequent relocation) of the River Bandits has given the issue some urgency, with a battle looming over the best site if a new team is found.

Sometimes things with good intentions end up
huge mistakes. That might be the case with
an agreement between Wal-Mart and the City of Davenport dealing with the store the company will likely be abandoning in a little more than a year.

At Thursday's meeting of the Davenport Community & Economic Development Committee, developer THF Realty of St. Louis provided the city council with documents that should allow the construction of a Super Wal-Mart at Elmore Avenue and 53rd Street to proceed.

• U.S. Bank and Firstar Bank will offer discounted loans to individuals in cities and surrounding communities of Moorhead, Minnesota; Fargo and Wahpeton, North Dakota; and Davenport, Iowa. The discounted loans, which will be available April 30 through May 18, are designed for customers who have flood-related expenses or who need to repair their homes because of the rising waters.

As the Davenport City Council nears its final consideration of a financing mechanism to pay for road improvements for a Super Wal-Mart store at 53rd Street and Elmore Avenue, there are plenty of reasons to take a hard look at the issues.

This Friday's gallery hop in The District of Rock Island has a more aggressive flavor than past installments with the theme "Art Attack." The quarterly event kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m., featuring dozens of artists.

• Davenport has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assess brownfields, areas of former industrial sites. The area to be studied includes most of west Davenport in the vicinity of the Mississippi River and the area surrounding Nahant Marsh - the largest urban marsh on the upper Mississippi and a recently completed EPA Superfund project.

East Moline

• About 70 percent of the Quarter re-development project in East Moline is cleaned up and ready, but East Moline Mayor Bill Ward said it needs money and building-specifications to continue.

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