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After five years of falling or holding steady, property values are finally rising and that means some new revenue for the Moline School District. Monday night, the board of education gave its preliminary approval to a tax rate and tax levy for next year.

Reports of the demise of liberal arts colleges in the US are greatly exaggerated. With apologies to Mark Twain, that's the message Tuesday to a regional meeting of the Council of Independent Colleges - members from several states will meet at Augustana College. 

Council president Richard Ekman says it's one of several meetings with member colleges across the country to try to counter many myths about these colleges.


Palmer College is taking the first steps in what it hopes will be a long-term "re-vitalization" of the campus in Davenport. 

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A 400 year old play will help open a new state-of-the-art theater complex this weekend at Augustana College. "Othello" by William Shakespeare is the first play to be produced in the new Brunner Theatre Center.

The chair of the Theatre Arts Department, Jeff Coussens, says the new main stage theater is a huge improvement over the previous one.

Dir. of WIU's School of Engineering, Bill Pratt, speaks from behind a podium as Pres. Jack Thomas (center) & Interim Provost, Kathleen Neumann, listen while seated.
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In a few years, companies hiring mechanical engineers will have more applicants. Michelle O'Neill reports this morning in Moline, Western Illinois University's President, Jack Thomas, announced it will offer a degree in Mechanical Engineering in January.

Screenshot taken from Grant Wood Elementary's website showing kids wearing yellow shirts and jeans / Bettendorf Community School District

The most crowded elementary school in Bettendorf will be expanded first. Last year, the school board decided to reduce the number of students per class at Grant Wood, but the building doesn't have much room to grow.

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Hundreds of local students are competing for a good cause this month. Tonight, 16 high schools will kick-off the 31st annual Student Hunger Drive for the Quad Cities. 

This year the city of DeWitt will help students at Augustana College get some "real world" experience. Students from two geography classes will study zoning as part of the college's Sustainable Working Landscapes Initiative.

Assistant professor of geography, Chris Strunk, says his students in urban design and urban planning will try to make up for the fact that DeWitt has no planning staff of its own.

In recent years, his students have done similar work for Clinton, and for the Green Bush neighborhood in Rock Island.

Kent Barnds talks with Chris Vaughan, Chief Information Officer at Augustana College, about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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The Moline School District may help a private company develop some property. Monday night the board of education will consider a request from Dolan Commons for 1.2 million dollars in property tax rebates.

Chief Financial Officer, Dave McDermott, says Dolan is planning an 11.4 million dollar project for the corner of Avenue of the Cities and 27th Street. 

A gas station and restaurant have been demolished on the site, and it also includes a former Aldi store. Dolan wants to turn that into apartments, and put up a commercial building next door.