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Continuing its emphasis on conservation, the US Department of Agriculture has awarded some new grants for Illinois, Iowa, and 29 other states. Today Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement at a farm in Rock Island County.He says the 15.7 million dollars from the Conservation Innovation Grant program will help universities, non-profits, and other groups develop new conservation methods. 

Vilsack says one of the key challenges farmers are starting to face now is changing weather patterns.

Even though it won't open until next year, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will begin looking for employees for the Thomson prison. Tomorrow, a three-day job fair will begin in Thomson.

It's the first phase of hiring, and officials plan to fill 300 positions in food and health services, administrative support, facilities, and inmate programs. The Bureau of Prisons will begin looking for an additional 800 employees as the opening approaches. Just last month, the bureau appointed Donald Hudson to be the warden.

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"Let's move on. Let's protect. Let's serve." Those were the final words in a speech this afternoon from the new sheriff of Rock Island County. Gerald Bustos was sworn in at a ceremony, one day after the former county sheriff, Jeffrey Boyd, resigned.

Bustos, who's served the sheriff's department for thirty years, said he found out about the investigation into Sheriff Boyd a few weeks ago. 

The Caring Cities Campaign will train attorneys who want to represent children who came to Iowa as immigrants without their parents. And the group of Quad Cities residents is inviting lawyers to learn about immigration law so they can provide "pro bono" legal services to the minors. Nearly 160 children and teenagers from Central America are now living in Iowa.

Hundreds of people with unpaid fines from Davenport's "red light cameras" waited until the last minute to take advantage of amnesty. This summer, the city allowed drivers with outstanding fines from "photo enforcement" citations to pay the original, 65 dollar fine without added fees.   Finance Director, Brandon Wright, says nearly 2,800 people took advantage of the program. And about half of them paid their tickets right before the August 4th deadline. And the city collected a total of 185,000 dollars. The vast majority of the outstanding fines were NOT paid.

Premiering Bettendorf

Sep 10, 2014

     The City of Bettendorf is asking residents for help with long-term planning. Tuesday, city staff will be on hand during an open house to discuss the initiative called, "Premiering Bettendorf."  The open house will focus on neighborhoods with potential for growth, such as the area from 53rd Street north to Interstate 80. Bettendorf officials want to know where residents would like streets and highways to be improved, and what kinds of amenities they want, such as parks and trails.

Bettendorf Library Renovations

Sep 10, 2014

Patrons are enjoying more space and convenience at a local library. Monday, city officials and others cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of renovations at the Bettendorf Public Library.Director, Sue Mannix, says while the square footage of the library has not changed, it's easier to use.    Mannix says the biggest improvement is the accessibility to different technologies. Wi-fi is available for all patrons, along with charging stations, to support individual devices.  The 1.5 million dollar project began last summer.

Jim Wozniak has decided to gamble "big" on the fall election. Today the candidate for the Illinois House announced he's resigning from his job as an assistant state's attorney in Rock Island County.He's running as a republican in District 71 which is now represented by democrat Mike Smiddy of Hillsdale.Wozniak says he gave his two week notice to the state's attorney's office to show he's 100 per cent committed to going to Springfield. The 71st district includes parts of Rock Island, Henry, Carroll, and Whiteside counties. 

Jumers Crossing Update

Aug 29, 2014

This week on Midwest Week, Steve Elliott, reporter for the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, talks with Herb Trix about Rock Island's controversial development project. It's tied up in a court challenge with the village of Milan, and nearby residents.

Another Traffic Headache

Aug 29, 2014

Another road construction project will begin tying up traffic in downtown Moline. Today (tues), a contractor will begin working on River Drive between 19th and 23rd streets. This week, the Illinois Department of Transportation says the work should not significantly affect traffic. But, next Monday (9/8), River Drive and the ramps to and from I-74 will be closed.

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