Clear Channel Communications announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire KUUL-FM, KMXG-FM, KCQQ-FM, WLLR-FM, WLLR-AM and WOC-AM in Davenport, Iowa from Mississippi Valley Broadcasting, Inc., an affiliate of Sconnix Broadcasting, LLC, for the purchase price of $85 million.

The jail population in Scott County has steadily dropped this year, leaving Sheriff Mike Bladel with something unfamiliar: empty beds on a regular basis.
From March through June, Scott County's average monthly jail population was at or below the 208-person capacity allowed for the main facility (128 inmates) and its minimum-security annex (80).

Dan Cleaveland first got involved with the Celtic Highland Games of the Quad Cities as a sponsor. Then as a tug-of-war contestant. And then came the rock.
"The first thing they do is give you a rock and say, 'You're going to throw this,'" said Cleaveland, co-owner of the Blue Cat Brew Pub.

The state of Iowa is one of the beneficiaries of Scott County's one-cent option tax passed to renovate and expand schools. Earlier this year, Iowa lawmakers gave the Department of Revenue and Finance the authority to keep a share of local-option taxes to pay for administrative costs.

Another day, another consultant.
Over the next few weeks, McDonald Transit Associates of Texas will be paying a visit to the Quad Cities to study the management of CitiBus, the City of Davenport's municipal mass-transit service.

Joseph "Little Joe" Van Hecke was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Des Moines on federal charges of disposing of stolen weapons and money laundering to a mere seven and a half years in prison. Van Hecke had faced numerous charges, including felony possession of firearms, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, illegal possession of firearms, and trafficking in stolen property.

Editor's Note: The Davenport City Council is considering adopting the following procedural rules. The council will discuss the draft proposal at a meeting at 7 p.m. August 9 at United Neighbors, 808 Harrison Street, Davenport.

Choosing a police chief is often done behind closed doors, with the public getting its first glimpse at a news conference after a decision has already been made.
But the City of Davenport is throwing the process wide open.

eServ

Mention the District of Rock Island and one thinks of music festivals, art galleries, restaurants, and brewpubs. But quietly tucked away among the city's nightlife and arts is eServ (www.eservllc.com), a new company that is part of a wave of businesses that have discovered the benefits of blending emerging technologies with traditional business practices.

One bank refers to it, in the great recent tradition of using meaningless jargon to describe unpalatable things, as "risk-based asset creation." Translated, that means charging huge fees and interest rates to poor people, racial minorities, and folks with spotty credit histories.

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