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Dozens gather outside the Federal Courthouse in dowtown Rock Island for a rally in opposition to Trump administration policies.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK

Dozens of people gathered outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Rock Island Saturday for a rally opposing the current administration's actions over the past few weeks, including President Trump's executive order on immigration.

Davenport Public Library Facebook event / Davenport Public Library

A Quad Cities librarian wants to know how to tell the difference between real news and fake news. And Amy Groskopf, Davenport Library Director, wants people to learn the same thing.

On Monday night at 6:30, the library will host, "The Rise of Fake News." Michelle O'Neill reports it'll be a panel discussion at the Eastern Avenue Branch.

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Libraries have always helped people find accurate and recent information. But Amy Groskopf says the old publishing days are over, and digital access has changed the way we get information, and how fast.

Weather graphic posted on Twitter by the National Weather Service of the Quad Cities
http://www.weather.gov/dvn/Climate_Monthly_01_2017 / Quad Cities National Weather Service

January was warmer than usual in the Quad Cities, and we didn't get as much snow. From the WVIK Weather Desk, Michelle O'Neill reports the National Weather Service in Davenport has released its preliminary climate survey for the month.

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A patient room in the new unit with a bed, chair, and two windows
submitted / Genesis Health System

A local hospital now has another option for patients with anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Genesis Health System held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning for its new, Behavioral Intervention Unit at its west campus in Davenport.

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A fire truck sits in front of a building with smoke pouring out of the roof as Rock Island firefighters try to put out a fire at Jake O's Grille on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island.
Todd Mizener / Dispatch & Rock Island Argus

Traffic on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island is still blocked between 24th and 30th streets due to a fire. Around 4:00 a.m., firefighters were called to Jake O's Grille in the 2900 block, next to the Virdi Eye Clinic.

Blackhawk Road had to be closed because the fire hydrants are located on the north side with the restaurant on the south. And the building is located close to the road without room for fire trucks in the parking lot.

New CEO for Vera French

Jan 30, 2017
Vera French

One of the principal providers of mental health services in the Quad Cities has a new leader. Last week, Richard Whitaker began working as chief executive officer of the Vera French Community Mental Health Center in Davenport. 

Nazir Kayali of Bettendorf talks with his family back in Syria nearly every day.

“Thank God the internet still works over there, so we always communicate texting each other or even calling each other sometimes,” he says.

On this episode, we're joined by a panel of producers and contributors of other podcasts to share their impressions of the case against Stanley Liggins:

Each Sunday, the Quad-City Times publishes "The Big Story," an in-depth report in the Sunday paper. WVIK previews these stories Thursdays during Morning Edition.

About a month ago, Dan Petrella, Springfield Bureau Chief for Lee Enterprises, wrote about the impact of the Illinois budget impasse, days before the stop-gap measure was set to expire.

This week, he's writing about the stalemate again, after the Illinois Senate has made some progress on a budget compromise.

"Barn Raisers" Premiere

Jan 25, 2017

The new documentary by Quad Cities film makers Kelly and Tammy Rundle will premiere this weekend. The Putnam Museum in Davenport will host a showing of "The Barn Raisers," the story of barns in the midwest.

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