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News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

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.

Dr. Christopher Whitt is once again joined by criminologist Dr. Amber Beckley. She is a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow who splits her time between Duke University and Stockholm University in Sweden.

State and local police are preparing for one of their busiest weekends of the year. The Super Bowl has become a major party weekend, so officers will be out in force trying to find drunken drivers.

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