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Monet, Renoir, Degas Coming to the QC

Paintings by some of the best-known artists will visit the Quad Cities later this year. For three months, beginning in October, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport will host "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950."

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Former Vice President Joe Biden says he and President Obama decided not to speak out publicly on Russian interference during the 2016 campaign after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to sign a bipartisan statement condemning the Kremlin's role.

In a late-night tweet, President Trump on Tuesday ratcheted up taunts aimed at Democrats over the short-lived government shutdown, reiterating his insistence that there can be no fix on DACA without funding for his border wall.

"Cryin' Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA," the president tweeted, referring to what he earlier described as how the Democrats "caved" on the shutdown.

Monday's explosion in southeast Oklahoma sent plumes of black smoke in the air above the drilling site and left the charred rig crumpled on the ground.

The rig fire near the town of Quinton was extinguished later that night but emergency workers were not able to look for the missing men until the next day when the site had cooled down enough.

Minnesota Public Radio released new details on Tuesday about its decision to cut off business ties with former A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. A woman who worked on Keillor's staff told company officials about dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents, including unwanted touching.

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tonight's headlines:

  • unemployment dropped slightly in Iowa in December,
  • a new police chief takes over in Moline,
  • and a major exhibition is coming to the Figge Art Museum in the fall.

Cloudy with flurries tonight, low near 22. Sunny on Wednesday, high around 36. 

Twenty-five years ago, all eyes were on Waco, Texas — where the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was attempting to raid a compound owned by a fringe Christian group called the Branch Davidians, just outside of the city. ATF agents suspected the group was illegally stockpiling weapons.

Four agents and six Branch Davidians died in the initial raid, and for the next 51 days, we watched a siege play out on TV. But eventually, it all ended with tanks, tear gas, and flames.

It was 8:07 a.m. when the alert hit phones across Hawaii.

"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII," it declared in no uncertain terms. "SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

Just two minutes later Gov. David Ige learned the alert was a mistake.

Then, an additional 15 minutes passed.

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The City of Muscatine hopes Iowa lawmakers don't outlaw automatic traffic cameras. 

City spokesman, Kevin Jenison, says the district court upheld an Iowa DOT order for Muscatine to stop ticketing speeders using Automated Traffic Enforcement near U.S. Highway 61 and University Drive. The city is appealing.

President Trump will have some shoveling to do as he heads to snowy Switzerland this week.

He's trying to sell his "America First" brand of economic nationalism in the mecca of globalization — the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. The president will also be meeting with the head of the African Union, two weeks after he reportedly dismissed African nations in crude and vulgar terms.

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Examining the equity (and the lack thereof) in art museums. Produced in partnership with the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art and the Figge Art Museum.