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More Layoffs Next Month at Deere Factories

John Deere has announced more layoffs at two eastern Iowa plants, including one in the Quad Cities. Spokesman Ken Golden says 115 workers in Waterloo will be laid off, effective September 23rd and in Davenport, a week later.
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Augustana College

A new law sets standards for how Illinois colleges and universities should respond to complaints of sexual assault. It took effect this month, and requires each campus to establish policies for reporting, confidentiality, and resolving complaints.

Associate dean of students, Laura Schnack, says Augustana College has implemented most of these provisions already but did have make a few changes to comply with the new law - one is to provide a confidential advisor.

Canada's national police force says it is allowing women in its ranks to wear the hijab.

A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, known as the Mounties, recently approved the headscarf for its Muslim officers.

Bettendorf Police Department

A man from central Illinois is suspected of robbing a credit union in Bettendorf last week. On Monday police issued a warrant for the arrest of 32 year old Anthony Brown of Bloomington, and he was arrested at his home on Tuesday. 

Brown is charged with robbery and theft for the August 18th robbery at the Ascentra Credit Union on Grant Street in downtown Bettendorf. 

Tropical Storm Colin ripped across the Gulf of Mexico in June and hit the coast of southwest Florida with 60-mile-an-hour winds. Before it arrived, a team from the U.S. Geological Survey used a new computer model to predict how far inland the waves would invade. When the storm hit, the USGS sent Joe Long out to film it.

A potentially habitable planet about the size of Earth is orbiting the star that is nearest our solar system, according to scientists who describe the find Wednesday in the journal Nature.

In Maine's North Woods, forests and rivers that used to feed paper mills will now be permanently protected as a national monument — thanks to a donation by the co-founder of Burt's Bees.

President Obama announced the creation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday, just one day before the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Just as the new school year gets started, the Rock Island school board is nearly finished preparing a budget. Tuesday night, the board gave its tentative approval to a 63.8 million dollar budget, with final approval in a month.

Chief Financial Officer, Bob Beckwith, says the one major change from last year is state aid - the governor has promised state aid for the coming year will be fully funded instead of being pro-rated as it was last year at 92 per cent.

Gunmen attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul on Wednesday evening, as students and staff hunkered down in place or fled for their lives, witnesses say.

Hospital officials say at least one student was killed and at least 14 injured, as Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, tells our Newscast unit.

"Right now there are dozens of Afghan police, security forces, special forces. They've surrounded the campus," Glasse says. Here's more:

Nestled among rolling hills and grazing cows, Elmore Mountain Bread in central Vermont is quintessentially pastoral. The setting is apropos, given the owners' recent decision to start grinding their own flour by stone — a veritable step back in time.

A fisherman in the Philippines might have discovered the largest natural pearl ever found — and then kept it hidden under his bed for 10 years.

The pearl's existence was revealed by Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, a tourism officer in Puerto Princesa, on the island of Palawan.

She says the fisherman is one of her relatives and that he discovered it in a giant clam and kept it as a good-luck charm.

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