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Dress for Success QC holds clothing drive to recoup what was lost in the flood

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- An organization that provides clothing and resources for people seeking employment is trying to recoup what they lost in a flood breach downtown Davenport.

Dress for Success Quad Cities kicked off the "Staying Afloat Community Clothing Drive" on Monday, June 17.  Organizers are asking donors to drop off new or gently used work-appropriate clothing and accessories.

There are more than 40 locations around the Quad Cities accepting donations. Click here to see the list. 

The clothing drive goes through Friday, June 28.

Read More: Dress for Success facing complications with finding a location

Water cut to parts of Hampton, Illinois; boil order to follow

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HAMPTON, Illinois — A service line break caused some village residents to lose their water Monday, June 17.

Residents living on 12th Avenue between 4th Street and 6th Street, as well as residents on 4th Street A are affected, according to Village Clerk Michelle Reyes.

A boil order will be in affect for this area once the water is restored, said Reyes.

Here are 7 great things to feed ducks instead of bread

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When you think about feeding ducks, you probably instinctively think of white bread. And while the ducks and geese in our parks gobble that up like it's their favorite meal, it's not the right choice.

Quite simply, white bread does not have the proper nutrition that water fowl need. And the uneaten bread and excrement causes an influx in algae which can cause fish-kills and smelly water.

According to a Facebook post by the Peterborough Field Naturalists of Ontario, here are the correct foods to feed our webbed-feet friends:

half-cut seedless grapes
cooked rice
bird seed
peas
corn
oats
chopped lettuce

But most importantly, if there are signs that say "Do not feed the animals," please obey them. In some popular city parks, ducks still have the opportunity for too much food. Keep in mind, they need the best nutrition to enjoy a happy, healthy life.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Meatheads kicks off Food Truck Week with a sizzle

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All this week on Good Morning Quad Cities, we will be showcasing some of the great food trucks that take to the streets in our area.

This morning, Jen Varble and Rob Mueller from Meatheads Meat Market joined us out front of the WQAD Studios. Around since 2004, they are doing everything from scratch. Right now, they have 56 different kinds of brats. Their best seller is the "Philly Cheesesteak Brat" which has all of the flavor inside the brat! Fan favorites include the "Mac and Cheese Brat," along with the "Jalapeño Popper."

For those who stay away from red meat, there are more than a half dozen chicken brats sold at their store in Milan at 520 10th Avenue West.

If you'd like to sample some of the homemade and gourmet foods seen on Good Morning Quad Cities, the truck will be set up this week for lunch in the parking near Crust in Bettendorf. The address is 2503 53rd Avenue, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Meatheads will be a part of "Food Truck Fight" coming up this Saturday in Le Claire, Iowa. For more information, click here. And be sure to start your day with GMQC Tuesday morning as we show you another locally-owned and operated food truck.

For more information on Meatheads Meat Market, call (309)787-2466.

Disney hides Pixar Easter eggs inside Google Street View of Toy Story Land

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Never underestimate Disney’s attention to detail (and Pixar’s love for Easter eggs).

Since the first Toy Story film, Pixar has become famous for inserting Easter eggs in its films and shorts. So, when it came time to capture Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, the creative team at Disney saw an opportunity to take the tradition to an immersive medium.

The creative team at Disney worked with Pixar to identify 8 unique Easter eggs that could be captured and uploaded to Google Street View.

The images were captured over the course of two mornings last summer.

When someone wants to see a first-person “street view” of what it’s like to walk around Toy Story Land, they can also search for some hidden Pixar references including the Pizza Planet Truck and Miguel’s guitar from Coco.

Toy Story 4, currently rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, hits theaters on June 21.

A guest posed as Sid, the main antagonist from the first Toy Story film:

A sports jersey bearing the name “McQueen” and the number “95”, in reference to Lightning McQueen:

A guest playing Miguel’s guitar, a major piece from the film Coco:

A toy version of the Pizza Planet truck, which appears in each Pixar film:

A shirt featuring the Buy n Large logo, a fictional brand spanning across the Pixar films:

“A113”, a hidden sequence appearing in each and every Pixar film:

A pair of guests holding umbrellas in reference to the Pixar Short, “The Blue Umbrella:”

A backpack draped with a luggage tag featuring Nemo:

The latest film in the Toy Story saga, Toy Story 4, hits theaters on June 21.

Trump administration considers sending more US military force to Middle East in wake of tanker attacks

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(CNN) -- President Donald Trump's national security team is expected to discuss in detail this week whether to send additional US military force to the Middle East in the wake of an attack on two oil tankers, according to two US officials with direct knowledge of the discussions.

It is not yet clear how soon Trump will be briefed and when a decision will be made, the officials said.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan hinted at the discussions Friday.

Related: US releases video it claims shows Iran removing unexploded mine from Gulf tanker

"When you look at the situation, a Norwegian ship, Japanese ship, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, 15% of the world's oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz, so we obviously need to make contingency plans should the situation deteriorate but we also need to broaden our support for this international situation," he said.

According to the officials, the discussions are centering on the mission of deterrence and defense against Iranian aggression and what specific forces would be needed to conduct that mission.

Ground combat forces for now are not part of the discussions. The officials said additional capabilities such as Patriot missile batteries, fighter jets and ships could contribute to greater deterrence and defense against Iranian missile firings.

Last month, US Central Command sent initial forces to the region. If an additional deployment is ordered, it will essentially fill the request initially made by Gen. Frank McKenzie, the Central Command commander, in May. The initial request was for thousands of troops based on the capabilities needed, several US officials said at the time.

The New York Times reported that top national security officials met Friday at the White House to discuss the tanker attacks and a proposal the Pentagon is considering to send more military forces to the Persian Gulf region.

Annual Whitey’s fundraiser raises money for kids in the Quad Cities

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MOLINE, Illinois  -- Monday, June 17th, people in the Quad Cities have a good excuse to enjoy ice cream. It's for Whitey's 31st annual 'Cones for Kids' event.

Half of the profits from cone sales at all Whitey's locations went to Bethany for Children and Families. Bethany provides mental health and social services along with education for children and families on our area.

The goal is to give kids the tools they need to be successful in the future.

The fundraisers only counts for cones and dips. Not only do the proceeds go to the non- profit, but kids apart of Bethany's Therapeutic Recreation Program enjoyed free ice cream at the 41st street location.

“We are thrilled to continue this fundraising effort to support children and help strengthen families in our community,” said Annika Tunberg, Director of Marketing for Whitey’s Ice Cream.

“For more than 30 years, Whitey’s has held Cones for Kids Day to help support the programs and services offered by Bethany. We are grateful for their generosity, and for the community’s support. I encourage everyone to enjoy a dip or two of ice cream and help make a difference for kids," Jim Sanderlin, Bethany’s Director of Development and Communication said.

Cones for Kids runs all day until 11 p.m. when the stores close.

Branstad explains reason for trying to oust gay official

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad testified Friday in a civil trial that he didn’t try to pressure a state official to quit in 2010 because he is gay but because he wanted someone who shared his political views about the state’s needs.Branstad, a Republican who is now the U.S. ambassador to China, returned to Des Moines to testify for one day in the trial in which he’s accused of discriminating against former Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey, who is a Democrat and is openly gay.

After being elected governor in 2010, Branstad sought Godfrey’s resignation and cut his pay by $39,000 when he refused. Godfrey, who was appointed to a six-year term by Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, sued in 2012, saying he was a victim of discrimination and retaliation.

Branstad testified he didn’t know Godfrey was gay until after cutting his salary and being threatened with a lawsuit, according to The Des Moines Register .

“I have always treated everyone, gay or straight, with respect and dignity. That’s the way I have always operated,” Branstad said.

As worker’s compensation commissioner, Godfrey decided disputes between businesses and injured workers.

Branstad said he’d heard from business groups that Godfrey wasn’t fair.

Paige Fiedler, a lawyer for Godfrey, repeatedly asked Branstad if she evaluated Godfrey’s performance or sought the opinions of anyone other than those in the business community who had complained.

Branstad responded, “Well, a number of people did and I don’t know if they were business owners or not.”

Although Branstad was opposed to a 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state, Branstad said he now support rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“People have accepted it and I support it,” he said.

The trial began June 5 and will continue in Polk County District Court next week.

Two 12-year-old girls shot in Davenport; 18-year-old charged in connection

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- An 18-year-old is accused of shooting and injuring two 12-year-old girls.

On Monday evening, June 10, police said Najari Dashawn Allen fired shots at a group of people in the 800 block of Pershing Avenue.  Two 12-year-old girls were struck in the gunfire.

According to an affidavit, one of the girls was hit in the arm and needed surgery to get the bullet out.  The other girl was hit in the leg and broke a bone.  She's expected to undergo surgery to remove the bullet once the bone heals.

Police said Allen was charged with two counts of willful injury causing serious injury and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.  He was held on $30,000 bond.

Cut down on stray and feral cats and kittens by getting them fixed

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- An increase in stray cats and kittens are causing a local non-profit to look for help from the community.

TNR stands for trap, neuter and release a new group run by Emily Baker and Laura Davis.

"Usually what happens is the cat population has exploded it's gotten out of hand and they don't what to do," said Davis. Davis has been doing this for the past year or so.

One stray cat is no big deal but when it grows into a colony of cats and kittens people call Laura and Emily.

"I just had a heart for the feral populations and community cats you can still love them from a far you know feed them and provide shelter," said Baker.

For the trap neuter and release duo, it's more than just feeding them it's being smart and getting them fixed.

"Kittens don't survive outdoors they typically don't make it past six months," said Davis. Those deaths are what the group is hoping to help avoid by cutting down on numbers as well as help the ones they trap find a new home.

Some are better off being released back into their neighborhoods after they've healed.

"Five percent of the adults we catch are not adoptable," said Davis. Those adults have been feral outdoor cats for so long it is hard to calm them down so their left ear is clipped and they are released.

"That's an identifier to humane investigators, animal control, volunteers that are doing TNR, that the cat has already been spayed or nurtured and is being taken care of," said Davis.

Traps are set up in neighborhoods that partner with the group collecting strays. The TNR team spends their free time hiking up hills, placing traps and checking them daily. But they are overwhelmed due to lack of time and volunteers.

"We will have instructions on how to trap neuter and release your cats that you are caring for on our website there will be an informational sheet also here at the shelter," said Davis.

They hope they can transition into being a guideline for communities instead of handling it all.

If you can't help by setting a trap and getting it into a vet, another way to help out is to donate to either Kings Harvest Animal Shelter or the Quad City Animal Welfare Center and help cover spay and neuter costs.

Officials issue warning of risks from blue-green algae

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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health say water conditions are ideal for the algae growth.

Rapid growth of the algae, known as a “bloom,” can produce toxic chemicals that may make people and pets sick. Young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are especially at risk. Symptoms include rashes, vomiting, diarrhea and wheezing.

Officials say people should avoid contact with water that is discolored, has green-colored streaks, looks like spilled paint or has surface scums or greenish blobs beneath the surface.

Activities near the water, such as hiking or camping, aren’t affected.

Man pleads guilty to killing Iowa State University golfer

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — A homeless man charged in the killing of a former Iowa State University golfer has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

The Des Moines Register reports that 22-year-old Collin Richards entered the plea during a hearing Friday. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison when he’s sentenced Aug. 23. Richards had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge and was set to stand trial in September.

Police say Richards fatally stabbed 22-year-old Celia Barquín Arozamena last September while she was playing a round at a public course in Ames, near the university campus, and leaving her body in a pond on the course. Investigators say Richards he had been staying in a small homeless encampment in the woods near the public course.

Barquín Arozamena was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and came to Iowa State to pursue her career.

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