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News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

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For this week’s Big Story in the Quad-City Times, reporter Alma Gaul takes a look at urban revitalization in Davenport. She tells it through the story of a family familiar to the city—a family that made an investment Gaul says few would be willing to make: fixing up a seemingly forgotten home in a less-than-celebrated part of town.

The annual winter Stand Down for Homeless Veterans will be held Thursday in Davenport.

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Crime in Rock Island has hit a 26-year low. This week, Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen presented last year's crime statistics to the city council.

Local Musician Suffers Injuries After Fall

Feb 13, 2018

A local musician working to restore an old church in LeClaire into a recording studio was badly injured in a fall.

Mikey Loy of the Penny Serfs discussed his band's latest album and his restoration work last week on WVIK's Talking Art podcast. Days after the interview aired, Loy fell 15 feet while refinishing the church's ceiling. 

Rock Island Housing Authority

Affordable housing in Rock Island is getting a face lift. Sunset Heights on Martin Luther King Drive/9th Street in Rock Island is undergoing a 12 million dollar renovation. 

Dr. Christopher Whitt has worked as a change maker in the Quad Cities community for over a decade. He recently accepted the opportunity to take on the role of the inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

'Black Students Didn't Feel Like They Had A Voice'

Feb 9, 2018

Joy and Gaye Shannon were new to the Quad Cities when they became students at Rock Island High School in the early 1970s. 

It was a time when political tension and unfair treatment of African American students persisted in schools. In 1972, this angst resulted in a week of unrest at Rock Island High School — often referred to as the Rocky riots.

WVIK News

Hoping to prevent more injuries and deaths, Davenport firefighters and the Red Cross will install smoke alarms for free this weekend. They'll install them in the Five Seasons Trailer Park where a fire in December killed a young woman and her four children.

Scott County officials want businesses to be prepared for a mass shooting. Next week, the county's Emergency Management Agency will host an active shooter workshop at Augustana College.

WVIK News

Davenport is strong and getting stronger. That's how Mayor Frank Klipsch summed it up during his annual State of the City address Monday to members of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.

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