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The fatal shooting of a Davenport man last month was justified.

Run With Carl

Aug 28, 2014

An annual fundraising run for college scholarships will end this weekend. After 20 years, organizers of the Run With Carl have decided Monday will be the last one.  Spokeswoman Jamie Lange says the race was started by the Schillig family to honor their son Carl, an avid runner, who was killed in a car accident. Since the first race in 1995, up to 14-hundred people have participated each year to raise money for college scholarships for graduates of Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high schools.  She says the family decided the 20th year would be a good time to end the Run With Carl. 

Better healthcare means bigger operating rooms at one of the largest hospitals in the Quad Cities. Today (WED), Genesis Medical Center showed a model of an operating room that's now under construction at the East campus in Davenport.  Chief medical officer, Doctor Joseph Lohmuller (LO-mull-er), says medical technology has changed dramatically, but his staff is still using operating rooms designed in the 70s."Literally, it's like we have to bring this in first, and that in, second, and that in, third, to get all that in the room.

WVIK Staff

With help from the city, nine businesses have expanded or opened for the first time in downtown Rock Island. And to celebrate, yesterday Renaissance Rock Island held what it calls a "rolling ribbon cutting." One of the nine is Tapas Yoga Shala,  a yoga school owned by Evan Harris and his wife. He says the business opened in the McKesson building 3 years ago.

Hundreds of volunteers will help United Way of the Quad Cities kick off this year's fundraising campaign. For the 10th year, it will hold a Day of Caring tomorrow at sites around the area.

President, Scott Crane, says it's a chance for members of the community to give back by cleaning up parks, reading to children, and spending time with non-profit organizations.

Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing veterans. To change that, the state of Iowa partnered with local businesses today to host the third annual Quad Cities "Hiring our Heroes." The job fair in Davenport included resume and skills building workshops, and a panel with local leaders in business and government.

Big Bacon Bonanza

Jun 6, 2014

  All things bacon will be celebrated and consumed this weekend in the Quad Cities. Churches United is sponsoring a fund-raiser on Saturday called "The Big Bacon Bonanza." The organizer, Thea Hansen-Bettis, says they started talking last year about holding some sort of food festival, and noticed all the bacon-themed events being held across the country, but NOT in this area.  "Anybody and everybody I talked to, unless they have some sort of food allergy or dietary restriction, is excited about bacon. There's not a single person I've talked to that said no.

Thanks to the generosity of more than 20,000 people, the 2013 campaign of the Quad Cities United Way has ended successfully. Today campaign leaders announced the final total of more than 8.4 million dollars.

Co-chair John Riches says the total is very close to the previous year's, but will still help a lot of people. "Thousands of people giving back and thousands of lives being changed every day - that's the powerful example of what it means to live united. In fact, for every dollar donated to the United Way, more than $2.60 is returned to the Quad Cities."

Tonight, developers of the old CNH property in East Moline will announce plans to build a hotel, homes and stores as part of the project. The owner of the site, River Eagle Investments, is working with a Chicago-based company, Beitler Real Estate Services, which is calling it "Fountainhead Quad Cities."

East Moline Mayor, John Thodos, says the master plan includes a 220 room Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel. And Beitler has hired architect Helmut Jahn to design it. The mayor thinks it's fantastic news because currently the city doesn't have a hotel.

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