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Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke stopping in Davenport on Monday

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke planned to make his fourth stop in Iowa on Monday, May 20.

O'Rourke is stopping to look at the damage left behind by the aftermath of the historic Mississippi River flooding.

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His first stop will be at 2nd and Pershing Avenue in Downtown Davenport starting at two then he will hold a town hall meeting at the River Music Experience from 6 p.m. -8 p.m.

Earlier in May, O'Rourke toured the Texas communities that also experienced severe flooding, while there he made changes to his climate plan--specifically naming Davenport. His campaign states the city lacks a permanent flood barrier because of cost.

O'Rourke wants an immediate focus on making buildings, homes and vehicles less dependent on fossil fuels and also spend money for flood prevention efforts. He believes the growing climate issue will only make situations like this more common.

"We can pay the cost of cleanup, replacement, repair and relocation or we can invest up front in pre-mitigation investment and changing the course that the planet is on to warm up another four to five degrees where these investments pale in comparison to what we see," said O'Rourke.

Increased road patrols planned in Iowa and Illinois around Memorial Day

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Troopers across the nation planned to kick up their patrols around Memorial Day, that includes Illinois and Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says drivers in Iowa can expect to see stepped-up enforcement on roads at the end of May surrounding the Memorial Day holiday.

The increased focus on seat belt enforcement is part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign taking place from May 20 through June 2.

The Illinois State Police also said they planned to take part in the two-week-long campaign.

Memorial Day is regarded by many as the traditional beginning of summer. It also sees an increase in road traffic.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said there were four traffic fatalities on Iowa roadways over the Memorial Day weekend last year.

Read More: How the Illinois State Patrol is working to enforce ‘move over’ law

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Doctor says underweight Iowa baby tested positive for cocaine

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A July sentencing has been scheduled for an Iowa mom and dad whose underweight 3-month-old daughter tested positive for cocaine.

Marion County District Court records show 20-year-old Stazia Kirk and 21-year-old Zak Herman pleaded guilty last week to felony neglect of a dependent person. Their sentencing is scheduled for July 18.

Court documents say their baby, Charlotte, weighed less than her birth weight when she was taken to a hospital in December. A doctor says the baby tested positive for cocaine and was suffering from malnutrition and dehydration. The documents also say Kirk and Herman admitted to using cocaine recently. They lived in Pella at the time.

A Song of Coffee and Water: ‘Game of Thrones’ leaves plastic bottle in shot during finale

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**The video contains spoilers!**

The convenience stores of Westeros have done good business in recent weeks.

Just two weeks after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a rogue takeaway coffee cup in an episode of “Game of Thrones,” the show’s highly anticipated finale left fans bemused once again.

This time, a plastic water bottle made a cameo appearance. Eight years of fighting for the Iron Throne can leave you a bit parched, after all.

The bottle debuted in a tense scene as characters discussed the fate of Westeros.

Viewers spotted it tucked behind Samwell Tarly’s foot, and the show was in hot water on Twitter just moments later.

a water bottle in King’s Landing!! #got #gameofthrones

— Beth (@bethisloco) May 20, 2019

Some viewers said they spied a second water bottle later in the episode.

The latest gaffe creates a new headache for HBO, which handled the coffee cup incident deftly, with a lighthearted statement.

“The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea,” the company said.

News from Winterfell.

The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. #Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.

— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 6, 2019

The final season of the worldwide phenomenon has received underwhelming reviews and a frosty reception from many longtime fans, who complain the show has been rushed.

For some, this latest modern intrusion only made things worse.

More than a million people have signed a petition urging showrunners to “remake ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 with competent writers.”

“Violent tornadoes” possible in Oklahoma and Texas

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A dangerous weather pattern is setting up for the Plains today with hail expected up to the size of softballs, damaging straight-line winds, and an outbreak of tornadoes.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center predicts an outbreak of tornadoes, "some potentially long-track and violent."

Additional dangerous weather is possible in much of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. Many schools in the area are closed today so children and families can be closer to storm shelters.

The last time the Quad Cities was under a high risk of severe weather was March 12, 2006. However, parts of our region were in a moderate and high risk on the day of the Washington, Illinois EF-4 tornado on November 17, 2013.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

Sportscast May 19, 2019

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Senior Track Athletes in Iowa talk about their last time competing at the State Meet in Des Moines.

Ira Dunsworth gets inducted into the Officials Hall of Fame by the IHSAA at the State Track Meet.

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The Score Sunday – Assumption track, Rock Island Soccer, Rockridge Softball, FCA

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Assumption Girls Track takes 3rd at the State Meet.  They talk about this season and what made them such a great team.  Rock Island Girls Soccer makes history by winning the schools first Regional Championship.  Rockridge Softball wins their 5th straight Regional Championship.  The FCA story of the week features Brad Swanson as he ends his tenure at Galesburg and gets ready to take over the Kewanee Football program.

Geneseo couple celebrates 79 years of marriage with Hershey’s chocolate bars

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GENESEO, Illinois – 79 years is no doubt a long time, and it’s the milestone Virginia and Curtis Peters are celebrating on their May 18th wedding anniversary.

It’s a love to last a lifetime – a very long lifetime for Virginia (103) and Curtis (100).

After living for more than a century, Virginia and Curtis say there really isn’t a secret.

“Just by being good kids, I guess,” comments Virginia.

Curtis isn’t the chattiest husband, but Virginia – on the other hand – speaks her mind.

“Don’t women always talk for their husbands,” Virginia says.

Their physical health is impressive.  Curtis is still able to make strides using his walker at a normal pace.  But, what’s truly remarkable is they said “I do” on May 18th, 1940, making this anniversary number 79.

Back then, Curtis was a self-employed painter in Waterloo, and Virginia was a teacher during World War II.

“It’s a long long time, but they are good times,” Virginia explains.

Their nurse, Julie Derick, can tell they were meant to be.

“Yes, and they are still madly in love, isn’t that great?” Derick says. “They hold hands all the time.”

“We just like it, like being close,” Virginia says.

“Mom says she likes to keep hold of him, so he doesn’t get out of the chair or go flirt with the nurses,” comments Susan Cathoir, Curtis and Virginia’s daughter.

But, that’s not their only secret keeping them hand in hand for almost eight decades.

“Oh let’s see, what do we eat?” says Virginia. “Candy!”

Everyday, Virginia and Curtis share a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar.

“Chocolate keeps him going, and he keeps her going, they love each other very much,” says Cathoir.

Love and chocolate is all they need to make a long time feel like no time at all.

The couple celebrated this weekend along with family and friends who came into town.

American Legion 100th anniversary celebrated with dedication of salvaged emblem

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- It was 100 years ago that the U.S. Congress chartered the American Legion, a service organization for veterans. Post 26 in Davenport marked the milestone with a celebration on Sunday, May 19, for local servicemembers, veterans and active duty, and members of the community.

Major General Chris Gentry of First Army spoke of the Legion’s long history with First Army, dating back to 1918. Soldiers returned from World War I with terrible scars, emotional and physical.

“From this post-war exhaustion emerges the American Legion,” he said.

The American Legion’s emblem contains a nod to World War I with a star in the middle symbolizing victory. Post 26 marked the day with a rededication of the emblem, a piece of history dug out and saved from the Legions’ old location at the dock on Davenport's riverfront.

Congressman Dave Loebsack and his wife were among the guests. Loebsack highlighted the sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, and their families. He also acknowledged the diminishing numbers of members, especially younger ones, with the American Legion, telling the crowd that he urged young service members to join the legion wherever he could.

"It's a national trend," said Joe Seier, Post 26's Public Affairs Officer. "Once you get out of the service, you want a break, maybe you don’t want to revisit those memories for a while. After a while, maybe a decade, they tend to miss it, they I want to talk to someone about this episode."

He said he had gone through a similar experience after having served as combat engineer, an active duty advisor for National Guard in Davenport, as well as time on active duty time in Colorado and Germany.

After his retirement, it took a decade for him to get involved with American Legion Post 26.

He said young veterans are always welcome, "doesn’t matter how long of a break you had in service."

"We kind of understand some of the problems you went through and maybe we can help you with it and help you integrate further into the community," he said.


Tracking more storm and heavy rain chances this week

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Dry conditions will be moving in for Sunday night as we finally get a break from the recent rainfall. Even a few breaks in the clouds are looking likely which will keep temperatures cool, with lows settling into the 40s. You may just want to close the windows tonight with temperatures that cool!

The week ahead is another active one filled with numerous opportunities to see additional heavy rainfall and severe weather. The most widespread and heaviest rains look to fall on Tuesday and then again Thursday through early next weekend. There will also be some severe threat days thrown in, too. Tuesday looks to have the best potential for a few stronger storms depending on what the early morning activity does. We'll keep tracking this potential. You can see rainfall amounts are fairly heft most days as well, with the possibility that one to three inches of additional rain could fall this week.

While Monday will be dry, the stage is already set for copious amounts of moisture and forcing to return by Tuesday morning. First, a large severe weather outbreak with strong tornadoes is forecast for parts of Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. Flooding is also a good possibility in these same areas on Monday afternoon and evening.

All that energy and moisture will then transition northeast and reach the Quad Cities by Tuesday morning bringing a round of heavy rain and gusty winds. The severity of the storms will be tampered down by the time they get here, but heavy rain certainly looks likely. Then, we wait and see what happens Tuesday afternoon and evening with any leftover boundaries. If we can manage to build enough storm energy with the help of some sunshine, we will likely see another good round of storms form in the afternoon and evening.

This potential for at least a few days featuring heavy rain is currently being factored into the next crest projections for the Mississippi River. That next major rise is expected to arrive by Memorial Day weekend. Right now the range is anywhere between 18.5 to 21 feet. The previous crest, which topped an all-time record, was 22.70 feet. At this time the river is not expected to reach that level, but any further significant rains that fall outside of the current forecast could certainly raise these numbers a bit further.

If you live along the river or any flood-prone area, you'll want to keep close tabs on the forecast this week.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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