Lacy Scarmana

WVIK Morning Edition Producer/Digital Curator

Lacy Scarmana moved to the Quad Cities in February of 2016 to become Morning Edition Producer and Digital Curator at WVIK. She has hosted Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and anchored midday newscasts on the station. Lacy also reports for the newsroom and produces WVIK's podcasts, including The Great Quad Cities Listen, The Gallery Gap, Margins, Talking Art, Good Morning, and Suspect Convictions, which peaked at #2 worldwide on the Apple Podcasts charts. 

She began her radio career as a student at Indiana University, where she worked as a reporter and producer for NPR member station WFIU. Shortly after graduating from IU with a B.A. in Journalism, Lacy moved to Chicago to intern for a daily news talk show on WBEZ.

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The Rock Island County Board voted Tuesday night to reduce the size of the board from 25 to 15, and to eliminate pension and health benefits for members.

The original proposal would have ended benefits next month, but the date was pushed back to June in a compromise.

Downsizing the board won't happen until after the 2020 census. Last night's vote was non-binding, because there will be a new board at that point. But before the vote, board member Drue Mielke from Coal Valley said it was important to take a stance on something the public has been asking for since 2012.

The newest home built by Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities was in large part funded by an anonymous donor who stipulated the organization dedicate it to Pope Francis.
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Habitat for Humanity will dedicate a home Saturday in honor of Pope Francis.

An anonymous donor offered Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities a $60,000 gift to fund a home. The donor had three instructions for the organization: honor Pope Francis's commitment to social justice, provide unifying work for Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers working toward a common goal and further Habitat's mission for building homes. 

The local Iowa Knights of Columbus, Wells Fargo and donations from nearby parishes and schools funded the rest of the construction.

The Rock Island County Board is still trying to solve financial problems and address concerns from residents.

Board members decided this week to consider five parts of a reform package separately, acting on the recommendation of the Rock Island County State's Attorney.

Board member Drue Mielke from Coal Valley says the board will vote on three proposals next week: downsizing the board from 25 to 15, eliminating health insurance benefits and withdrawing from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

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A fire broke out early Wednesday morning at the Visitation Residence Hall at Loras College in Dubuque.

Sue Hafkemeyer, Loras College communications director, says all 44 students in the hall were evacuated safely. The evacuated students received food, water and clothing at a nearby shelter. 

Fire fighters have not officially determined the cause of the fire, but it could have started after lightning struck during severe weather overnight.

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The top-ranked Augustana men's basketball team will face Emory Friday night in the third round of the Division III NCAA Tournament.

Dave Wrath, Augustana sports information director, says eight players who came in as freshmen in the fall of 2012 are still on the team. 

The Vikings will have home court advantage again, after winning last weekend's games in Rock Island.

Augustana went 26-1 over the season and won the CCIW Tournament championship.

The Emory Eagles won the University Athletic Association championship, after going 20-7 for the season.

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Jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke would be 113 years old this year. Quad Citians can celebrate the Davenport native's birthday at the Bix Birthday Bash at Col ballroom Thursday.

The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society is hosting the event, which will include live performances and free cake.

Bix Society president Josh Duffee says the bash is a great way to honor a local legend. Plans are also underway to open the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive Center at the River Music Experience in Davenport.

A man in a tweed jacket listens to an audio device while looking at a sarcophagus.
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You don't have to travel to Egypt to see what was in King Tut's tomb. Tomorrow, the Putnam Museum in Davenport will open its new exhibit, "The Discovery of King Tut." 

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A Muscatine man is one of Iowa's top volunteers. Volunteer Iowa announced Thursday the newest members of the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame.

Tom Hendricks and four other small business owners created Muscatine Charities in 1999. Since then, MCI has raised and distributed over $2 million to local charities. One hundred percent of its funds go to charity.

Hendricks and the other new Hall of Fame members will be honored April 13 at the State Capitol as part of National Volunteer Week.

Fans watch races during the Hot Rod Drag Week at the Cordova International Raceway in 2015.
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After more than 60 years, the World Series of Drag Racing is leaving the Cordova International Raceway.

IRG Sports and Entertainment announced this week that the race will move to Memphis at the end of August. The company says that location will allow more room for growth and the potential to host more racers, fans, vendors, and live music.  But after being held here for decades, Joe Taylor, President and CEO of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, says losing the World Series will hurt the community.

Submitted / Theisen's Home, Farm and Auto

Two empty stores in Davenport will open again in the fall with a different retailer.

Theisen's Home, Farm and Auto announced Monday it bought the former Kmart and Hancock Fabrics buildings to open a new store. The family-owned business, based in Dubuque, has 20 locations in Iowa and two in Wisconsin. Its closest store is located in DeWitt, Iowa.

Co-owner Chris Theisen says the family has been trying to find a suitable location in Davenport.

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