WVIK News Focus

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The WVIK Newsroom and reporters from partner stations in Illinois and Iowa produce News Focus stories. These detailed features are longer than regular newscast stories and are frequently broadcast during Morning Edition at 6:43, 7:43, and 8:43 a.m. and All Things Considered at 4:44 p.m.

submitted / Augustana College

This year, Augustana College students, teachers, and friends will celebrate Martin Luther and the effect he had on the protestant reformation.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill reports it's been 500 years since the priest nailed his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Click HERE for details about "Relevant Reformation" at Augustana College. 

submitted / Blue River Technology

Cameras and machine learning may eventually save farmers a lot of money on chemicals. They may even help prevent water pollution and reduce the need for genetically-modified seeds. That's according to the CEO of Blue River Technology, a company based in California's Silicon Valley that John Deere just bought for $305 million.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill reports the acquisition may have wide-ranging effects on agriculture and other industries.

submitted / Newbury Living

A developer from Des Moines is taking a big risk on downtown Bettendorf by building new apartments on the site of an old motel. Demolition of the Twin Bridges Motel and Paddlewheel restaurant began this week.

submitted / Moline Police Department

Time is running out for the family of Trudy Appleby. And the Moline Police Department has released the name of the last person known to have been with her 21 years ago.


Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Rock Island County Clerk, Karen Kinney, is waiting to find out what elected officials have learned about potential cyber-attacks on election systems in Illinois.

Wendy Caldwell / The Monarch Lab

The first Monarch blitz is over, and 300 people in the US participated by counting eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides, and butterflies. The citizen scientists then submitted their findings to the Monarch Lab at the University of Minnesota.

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submitted / Strategic Behavioral Health

A Tennessee-based company plans to build a psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf after persuading a state council to approve it. Last week, the Iowa Health Facilities Council voted 4 to 1 to give Strategic Behavioral Health permission to provide mental health services from a new, 72-bed hospital.

Scott County Waste Commission

 

Last summer, the Scott County Waste Commission started single-stream recycling. But lithium and re-chargeable batteries are not on the list of things to "Go All In" (that's the name of the ad campaign to promote the program).

A brown and cream-colored owl perches on a tree branch with green leaves in the background.
submitted / TPC Deere Run Maintenance Operations

TPC Deere Run is known for more than hosting the John Deere Classic every summer. It's also known as an outdoor classroom, a training ground for firefighters, and for environmental stewardship.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Mayors who live along the Mississippi River are asking the federal government to spend nearly $8 billion dollars on its infrastructure. 

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