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Young Alphabet Aces Win State Fair Spelling Contests

DES MOINES, IA (08/14/2018) (readMedia)-- Elementary-aged children from across the state squared off in the Youth Spelling Bee, judged Friday, August 10, at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.

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New data shows more AmeriCorps members come from Davenport than other mid-sized cities 

Davenport, IA —When it comes to enrolling in AmeriCorps, Davenport residents rank fifth among mid-size cities, according to new data released today by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program and leads the nation’s national service and volunteer programs. 

DES MOINES, IA (08/07/2018) (readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald announced that August is ABLE to Save month for persons with disabilities. Iowa joins the ABLE National Resource Center as well as states around the country to promote ABLE to Save, a month-long informational campaign about Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts.

Shuttered school will be redeveloped into 57 apartments for low- and moderate-income seniors

MOLINE, Illinois  – Family Resources’ Braking Traffik anti-human trafficking program will host a Celebration of Cultures from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at 2420 41st St. in Moline, Illinois.

Admission is free and food will be available for purchase. Celebrate diversity in the Quad Cities by enjoying presentations by local cultural groups, food vendors, raffle, and a car show by Latin Persuasion Car Club. Food vendors include Taste of Brazil, Streets of Italy, and tacos.

Coal Valley, IL – May 7, 2018– Arrowhead Ranch is joining the Rise Up Garden project this summer. Please join us on Saturday May 12, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. as we get the first plants in the ground for the season at Arrowhead’s Coal Valley campus located at 12200 104th Street, Coal Valley, Illinois.

Davenport Public Library has linked up with MOBIUS, an interstate library consortium, to provide its card-holders access to millions more books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs and magazines. You can search the MOBIUS catalog to place holds on items from a wide variety of partnering public and academic libraries. Items are able to be shipped to the Davenport Public Library location of your choice for pick up.

Over the past several weeks, there has been a significant increase in the local distribution of recruitment flyers by the Neo-Nazi White Supremacist hate group, the National Alliance. The mission of One Human Family QCA is “to welcome & protect the life, dignity, and human rights of all people in all places in our community.” This is our current response to these recruitment efforts.

DES MOINES, IA (04/10/2018) (readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that he'll be resuming Great Iowa Treasure Hunt eBay auctions. Beginning April 10, the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt will be hosting the online auction of contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes that were turned over to the Treasurer's Office. "We work very hard to find the rightful owners of these boxes and return the contents to them," Fitzgerald stated.

Group of 18 attorneys general, six cities challenge Trump administration

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller — part of a coalition of 18 attorneys general, six cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors — filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial Census.