News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

In the first episode of "Margins," Dr. Christopher Whitt talks with Berlinda Tyler-Jamison, president of the Rock Island County NAACP, and Rev. Dwight Ford, pastor of Grace City Church in Rock Island.

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Stanley Liggins' trial has been postponed again.

Introducing 'Margins'

Apr 20, 2017
Augustana College

Dr. Christopher Whitt hosts "Margins," a new WVIK podcast featuring conversations with change agents from around the Quad Cities area, as well as across the country. These discussions focus on groups of people who are marginalized politically and socially, and the people working to provide change for those communities.

In this episode, we look at some of the broad issues that were raised by the case of Stanley Liggins v. the State of Iowa.

TPC Deere Run

On Midwest Week, the John Deere Classic is now 20 years old - not the tournament but the sponsorship.

In 2013, Iowa governor Terry Branstad got bipartisan support in the legislature to reform the state's property taxes.
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Quad-City Times reporter Ed Tibbetts looks at Iowa's property tax breaks for businesses, and whether the breaks truly resulted in new jobs; as advertised.

Stanley Liggins wants to fire his defense team. We discuss what that means for the upcoming trial.

Sam Dunklau

250 blue pinwheels are spinning in the wind in front of the Davenport Police Department. This morning, Davenport police partnered with the Quad Cities Child Abuse Council to plant the "Pinwheels for Prevention" garden. 

Emerald ash borer
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The emerald ash borer is a half-an-inch, green beetle that lays its eggs on ash trees. Ash borer larvae bore into the trees, where they feed on the parts that transport nutrients, eventually killing the trees.

This week in the Quad-City Times, Devan Patel reports on the extent of the damage caused by the Emerald Ash Borer in Davenport, and the steps the city is taking to mitigate the problem.

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Stanley Liggins wants to fire his defense team.

In a motion filed Thursday, Liggins is asking for another lawyer, citing “fundamental disagreements about pretrial and trial strategy” with public defenders, Derek Jones and Miguel Puentes.