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Butterworth Dog Park opens in Moline and everywhere else to take your pup

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MOLINE, Illinois– The Quad Cities has several dog parks in the area, but play dates are about to get even easier with the latest addition.

A dog park opens in downtown Moline at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at 15th Street and 8th Avenue. Butterworth Dog Park is 1.48 acres and features separated areas for large and small dogs.

The park is open from sunrise to sunset, is off-leash and there are no public restrooms. Owners must be at least 16 years-old and are required to pick up their own dog’s waste. For more dog park rules click here.

In Moline there is also the Greenvalley Dog Park, a 2 acre off-leash park at 6009 50th Avenue.

Outside of Moline there are a few other places you can take your pooch:

  • Rock Island: Renamed after a former park board member who wanted to open the QC’s first dog park in 1999, Eleanor Wallace Dog Park is located at 28th Street and 78th Avenue West. Donations keep the park running, according to the Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department website, and is normally closed from mid-April to the Friday before Memorial Day for upkeep.
  • Davenport: Besides Moline, Davenport is the only other city with two options. There’s an unofficial Facebook page for North Marquette Dog Park at 4411 North Marquette Street where owners share photos of their dogs after visits. Centennial Park also has a fenced-in, off-leash area at 315 South Marquette Street.
  • Bettendorf: Crow Creek Dog Park is located at 4800 N Devils Glen Road on the North end. For extremely shy dogs, pups under 25 pounds or elderly friends, the park features a Small Park for the Old Timid and Tiny or a “SPOTT”. A little over 7 acres, Crow Creek additionally boasts public restrooms and dog drinking fountains.
  • Muscatine: Opening last year through grass-roots efforts, the Muscatine Community Dog Park is a first for the city on 600 South Houser Street across from Kent Stein Park. The park features three separated areas for large dogs, small dogs and timid dogs.

Did we miss any? Let us know if there are more in the area by sending us an email at ‘news@wqad.com’ with “Dog Parks” in the subject line or send us pictures of your dog for a chance to get featured on this article!

Moline to announce new chief of police at 6 p.m. Tuesday

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MOLINE, Illinois — A new chief of police for Moline is expected to be announced Tuesday, July 9.

Moline’s City Administrator Lisa Kotter plannned to present her candidate to the City Council at 6 p.m. in a Special City Council meeting.  The council will then have the opportunity to approve Kotter’s appointment for the position.

If approved, the chief will be officially announced right after.  City leaders expect the community to be able to hear from the chief for the first time at a press conference.

In 2018, Moline’s Chief of Police John Hitchcock retired from the force after pleading guilty to an OWI charge.

Thunderstorms possible around rush hour

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A slightly warmer and more humid day as temperatures are approaching the 90 degree mark.  We’re also noticing a disturbance drifting in from the west.  This will set off a few showers and thunderstorms around rush hour and continue into the evening.

The last of these storms should be ending by 11 pm for areas east of the river.  Otherwise, the rest of the night we’ll see partly cloudy skies and lows in the lower 70s.

That will lead to a hot but even more humid day come Wednesday with highs around 90 with heat index values near 100.  I still see an isolated coverage of thunderstorms just after lunchtime mainly for areas east of the river.

Thursday is still your weekend’s best with sunshine, lower humidity and highs in the lower 80s.  Afterwards, temperatures start rising once again with temperatures 90 or better starting Saturday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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What we know about the teen who police say nearly opened fire inside North Scott Jr. High School

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DAVENPORT, Iowa – Luke Andrews, 13, of Davenport, Iowa,  is accused of trying to open fire inside of a classroom at North Scott Junior High School on August 31, 2018.

His trial is set to begin in July of 2019. Judge Marlita Greve said prospective jurors were still being selected on Tuesday, July 9.

Attorneys are expected to question a pool of prospective jurors before narrowing a group of 33 prospective jurors down to a group of 12 jurors and three alternates.

Andrews is charged with attempted murder, carrying weapons on school grounds, and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon.

The charges stem from an incident where police reports say Andrews walked into a classroom at North Scott Junior High School and Pointed a .22 Caliber gun in the face of a teacher a pulled the trigger.

The gun didn’t go off because Andrews forgot to take the safety off, according to arrest affidavits.

The gun was then wrestled away from Andrews by the teacher and the gun was secured by officers at the scene.

Police say they found the gun to be fully loaded with one round in the chamber and 11 rounds in the magazine.

Andrews was 12 years old at the time of the incident. He is now 13 years old, but he is being tried as a “youthful offender” in the adult court.

Andrews has pleaded “not guilty” to his charges.

Burger King is now selling $1 tacos for a limited time

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Burger King is trying to get customers’ attention with something a little different: Tacos.

The burger chain started selling crunchy tacos on Tuesday. They cost $1 in most places, but are more expensive in Alaska and Hawaii, and will only be available for a limited time.

Burger King first tested out tacos in western states. “We’ve seen success with tacos in those restaurants and knew it was time to bring this west coast favorite nationwide,” Chris Finazzo, president of North America for Burger King, said in a statement. The new item adds “variety” to Burger King’s snack offerings, he added.

Fast food chains use limited-time offerings to build hype and keep their brands top of mind with consumers. And tacos in particular are a good way to attract customers, said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, a research and consulting firm.

“Tacos remain very popular with consumers,” Saunders said, adding that fast food companies that wouldn’t traditionally sell tacos may be “keen to get a slice of that action.”

Jack in the Box in particular has had great success with its taco. The item has been “a #1 seller and a fan favorite for years,” Jen Kennedy, VP of product marketing at Jack in the Box, told CNN Business in a recent interview. She said the taco has been a “stand out distinction for us.” Jack in the Box also just started selling tiny, bite-sized tacos, but it’s too early to say how they’re doing.

Consumers are also flocking to Mexican chains for tacos. Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum! Brands, reported that in the first quarter, sales at US Taco Bell restaurants open at least a year grew 5%. And sales at Chipotle stores open at least a year grew 9.9% in the first quarter.

With its taco promotion, Burger King is likely trying to do more than just cash in on a specific, popular menu item, Saunders noted. It’s also trying to create buzz for the brand with something unexpected.

“Some of it is marketing,” Saunders said, adding that Burger King is adept at getting attention with creative menu innovations. For Halloween, the chain served a burger it claimed helped induce nightmares. More recently, to celebrate the third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” it sold upside-down Whoppers in 1980s-era packaging.

There is a possible downside to attention-grabbing stunts, even successful ones. They could distract Burger King from focusing on creating growth within its main menu, Saunders said.

“They have to be careful with some of these promotions,” he warned. “Burger King can be very haphazard with the menu.” That can be a good thing because consumers like to try new things. But “sometimes you get the impression that Burger King chases after the shiny objects rather than focusing on the core business.”

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