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Indianapolis Archdiocese cuts ties with school over refusal to fire gay teacher

INDIANAPOLIS – The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has cut ties with a school that refused to fire a gay teacher, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School received notice Thursday that a formal announcement would be made Friday, declaring the school would no longer be formally recognized as a Catholic school, the Indianapolis Star reported.

After being made aware one of the teachers married a partner of the same sex in 2017, Brebeuf Jesuit began fighting to keep the teacher who had been with the school for years and did not teach religion classes.

The school’s president posted to the school website, saying the Archdiocese’s decision would not affect the school’s mission.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the school has a robust nondiscrimination policy, and only the president, principal, religious studies teacher, and campus minister are required to be practicing Catholics.

Carrie Underwood, NFL and NBC sued over ‘Sunday Night Football’ song

Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC have been hit with a lawsuit that accuses them of plagiarizing the “Sunday Night Football” theme song.

Singer Heidi Merrill and three songwriting collaborators filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, claiming she created a song in 2016 called “Game On” and pitched it to Underwood’s producer, Mark Bright, who passed on it.

Merrill alleges that Underwood’s song of the same name, “Game On,” which was played during the opening of “Sunday Night Football” in 2018, is a direct copyright violation of the song she sent over to the country superstar’s team a year earlier.

“This is a blatant attempt by a celebrity singer to rip off other artists’ work, and it won’t be tolerated,” Merrill’s attorney, Sam P. Israel, said in a statement to CNN. “It’s indefensible to steal music created by hard-working songwriters and then broadcast that theft on national television.”

A representative for NBC Sports said the network doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

CNN has reached out to Underwood and the NFL.

Below is Merrill’s song, which the suit says she uploaded to YouTube in 2017.

This is Underwood’s “Game On” from “Sunday Night Football” last year.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages to be determined at trial.

We’re now growing little skull horns because of our phones, research finds

It sounds like a crazy tabloid headline—humans are growing little horns in the back of their skulls.

Except it comes not from a tabloid but a peer-reviewed study in Scientific Reports. Australian researchers say more people, young ones especially, are showing up with what’s known as an “enlarged external occipital protuberance” on the back of their skulls, just above the neck, reports the Washington Post.

The leading theory is that these spikes are caused by all the time people spend hunched over their phones. It’s throwing the body out of whack, resulting in the formation of what’s been variously described in coverage as bone spurs, phone bones, a bird’s beak, and head horns. (The study itself includes an X-ray photo.) If you have one, you’d likely be able to feel it with your fingers, notes the BBC. It might even be visible as a little bump if you’re bald.

“I have been a clinician for 20 years, and only in the last decade, increasingly I have been discovering that my patients have this growth on the skull,” says researcher David Shahar of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

A previous Shahar study looked at 218 X-ray images of people between ages 18 and 30 and found that 41% had a lump of between 10 and 30 millimeters, per the News.com.au. The more recent study looked at a broader sample of 1,200 people of all ages and found the lump in 33% of the population, but most prominently in younger people.

Yet another study made the case that the cause isn’t genetic, but a result of the modern posture of staring down at tiny screens.

“These formations take a long time to develop, so that means that those individuals who suffer from them probably have been stressing that area since early childhood,” Shahar says. (Texting takes a heavy toll on your neck—about 60 pounds’ worth.)

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Quad City leaders exploring natural ways to prevent future flooding

DAVENPORT-- With the record flooding, comes talk of how to prevent future floods from overtaking land. We've all heard the argument of building a permanent flood wall along Davenport's riverfront. But now local lawmakers are exploring a more natural option.

With the birds chirping, you can hear it. With the sun glistening on the water, you can finally see it. With the rain gone and the river down, Nahant Marsh in Davnport is welcoming back two-legged visitors.

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, local leaders and policymakers headed to the marsh after 94 consecutive days of flooding.

Now Nahant Marsh Executive Director Brian Ritter worries some plants and animals won't make it back.

"They can tolerate a little bit of water, but that long duration, it's questionable if it will survive," says Ritter.

Despite those questions, this place has been an answer when it comes to fighting the Historic Flood of 2019.

"Not only do they serve as a place for recreation and habitat, but they're a release valve for the Mississippi River," says Ritter.

Once the Mississippi in the Quad Cities hits 12 feet, this ecosystem in the middle of city limits starts taking on water, preventing it from pouring into fields or streets. It's supposed to.

"Flooding is getting worse all the time, and this is one way to deal with it," says Ritter.

Right now Nahant Marsh is a 305-acre flood fighting basin. Ritter thinks the answer to future flood prevention is creating more of these. He says in the next few years, he hopes to expand the marsh by 200-acres.

"If we can do it naturally and keep our riverfront open, it would be such a great opportunity," says Iowa State Representative Cindy Winckler. She represents the part of Davenport that was directly impacted by the temporary barrier failure at Second and Pershing Streets back on April 30.

After learning more about the marsh, Winckler agrees. She says the next step is spreading that education to others.

"Give the public an alternative, because right now they think the only way to resolve this is a flood wall," says Winckler.

You can hear it, but Ritter wants to see it; people using nature to prevent future floods.

"We can only do so much. We need more of these places as a strategy," says Ritter.

Concerned citizens say closed bridge in Cable, Illinois is a public safety concern

CABLE, Illinois – A bridge that links Cable, Illinois and Sherrard, Illinois has some Mercer County residents concerned.

The bridge is on 300th Street between Camp Creek Road and Meadow Gate Road.

“Its really a safety issue that should have been addressed,” says resident Don Ditto.

He says the bridge is the fastest way for him to get from his home to downtown Sherrard.

A trip that used to take only two or three minutes, now takes him and his neighbors about twenty minutes.

That’s because of detours brought on by the closed bridge.

But, he says more than an inconvenience, the closed bridge is a public safety issue.

“Say this house right here has a fire, or there`s an elderly person living there. The response time is ridiculous. Especially when they could just drive right through here,” said Ditto.

It’s not a new problem at all. In fact, Ditto, who has lived in his home with his wife for nearly three decades, says the bridge has been closed for about four years.

Ditto says this bridge issue is a testament to the infrastructure issues in Mercer County.

He has contacted his local representative Dan Swanson.

“I got a call returned to me telling me that they were gonna work on it in May and they was gonna try and get it done by December,” he said.

Ditto said he has yet to see any progress made and he now is calling upon leaders to find the funding and man-power to get this bridge fixed.

A rare, clockwise-spinning tornado touches down in South Dakota

South Dakota doesn't get a lot of tornadoes, but a twister there last weekend was particularly rare -- because it was spinning clockwise.

The National Weather Service says the anticyclonic tornado only lasted for about 45 seconds on June 15. That was long enough for it to knock down seven trees at a farmstead outside of Estelline, which is about 80 miles north of Sioux Falls.

Only about 1% of tornadoes that hit the Northern Hemisphere rotate in a clockwise direction, the National Weather service says. The weather service used radar data and video to make its determination about the South Dakota storm.

Becky Bates shot one of those videos while chasing the storm with her family.

"It honestly didn't seem unusual to me," Bates told CNN. "This was my first catch. I just chase for fun. But it touched down a couple of times while we sat and watched."

The tornado had estimated peak winds of 75 mph and its path was about one-tenth of a mile long.

It caused only relatively minor damage. One of the downed trees bent the metal overhang on a shed.

Fisherman discovers two human legs in Pennsylvania river

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - A fisherman made a gruesome discovery last month in the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania – parts of two human legs, according to the Lycoming County Coroner.

They were cut at the knee, apparently with a thin-blade hand saw, authorities say. They think they might have belonged to a female because the toenails were painted pink.

The feet had white socks with “Polo Jeans” and “R.L.” on them above a red, white and blue flag. Investigators think they are Ralph Lauren brand.

The legs were found near the Hepburn Street Dam the evening of May 11th.

The coroner says since no one was reported missing in the Williamsport area, investigators are looking into the possibility that the legs belong to a person who was killed somewhere else.

The coroner believes the person was killed about six months before the grisly discovery.

Investigators searched the river extensively after the legs were found, but nothing else was discovered.

The coroner says state police have entered DNA from the remains as well as case information with into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

Custom ‘My Little Pony’ casket donated for 4-year-old Maleah Davis’ funeral

HOUSTON – Maleah Davis, the 4-year-old found dead after she went missing in early May, will be buried in a colorful, one-of-a-kind casket, a tribute to her memory and her grieving family.

The casket was built and donated by SoulShine Industries to the Davis family.

“The casket is the most important part of remembering somebody, so it should be special,” said company owner Trey Ganem told CNN.

Ganem said he received over 200 calls from the community asking him to make a casket for the Davis family. She will be buried in a private funeral Saturday.

“It was such a blessing to provide something special for this loving family,” Ganem said.

The casket designer Courtney Sublett told CNN she worked closely with the family and the theme quickly became apparent. The final product was a white casket covered with rainbows, the color pink, “My Little Pony,” and even a portrait of Maleah.

“It’s such a tragic thing, I’m glad we could bring a little light to her story,” Sublett said.

The funeral home that is hosting the funeral, Richardson Mortuary, has been collecting flowers and condolences on behalf of the family, according to CNN affiliate KTRK.

Toys and teddy bears are also being collected at the apartment complex where the Davis family lived. A sign says the items will be displayed at the funeral and then donated to the Houston Fire Department.

Meleah’s remains were found in Arkansas May 30, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. Her mother’s former fiancé, Derion Vence, is charged with tampering with a corpse in connection to Meleah’s death.

Apple recalls batteries in some older 15-inch MacBook Pros

(CNN) — Apple is doing a voluntary recall for certain versions of its 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops due to batteries that “may overheat and pose a safety risk.”

In a notice issued Thursday, Apple said the units were mostly sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

People can visit Apple’s website and enter their laptop’s serial number to see if their computer is part of the voluntary recall. If it is affected, Apple recommends not using the computer. The company will replace the batteries for free, but customers need to take their device to an Apple Store or authorized retailer, or mail it in to Apple support. The company says repairs could take one to two weeks.

Apple said the recall doesn’t pertain to other 15-inch MacBook Pros or any other Apple laptops.

This announcement comes just a few months after Apple issued a similar recall for two types of plug adapters because of a risk of electric shock. Issued in April, that voluntary recall affected the AC wall plug adapter sold with Macs and some iOS devices between 2003 and 2010, and a three-pronged plug sold in Apple’s global travel adapter kit.

‘Soak up this moment.’ Granger Smith’s family posts touching video tribute to son

“What if you were given a gift of 1,000 days on this Earth?”

That’s how country star Granger Smith is now framing the tragic death of his 3-year-old son, River, who died after a drowning accident at the family’s Texas home earlier this month.

In an emotional, nearly 30-minute YouTube video titled “Finding Light in Our Darkest Time,” Smith and his wife, Amber, show photos and clips of their youngest child and speak about the time they had with him before he died.

Smith says his daughter, London, asked him how long her brother had lived, which is when he did the math and realized it was “just over a thousand.”

“If you could live those days barefoot, red hair flying back on your tractor full speed ahead, if you could do that with your family around you, with no real cares in the world … that’s a good way to live,” Smith says in the video.

Per People, Smith also recalls what he was thinking during those last few moments before his world was shattered, as he hung out with River and his other two children, 7-year-old London and 5-year-old Lincoln. While he and London did gymnastics, his two boys were having a water gun fight, and he found himself thinking, “Soak up this moment, because it’s not going to last forever.”

Then, between “30 seconds and three minutes” later, he notes, he and his wife were doing CPR on their son.

Still, Smith implores well-wishers not to feel sorry for their family: “There’s a lot of people that he affected, and it’s important to not stay dark forever. We had an incredible little boy for three years, and we feel really good about that.”

The Smiths end their tribute with one request: “Live like Riv.” (Read more country music stories.)

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Here’s the flood recovery plan for the City of Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Flood waters have receded in Davenport but the damage repair and preventative planning remains underway.

First, community members will see River Drive reopen around 2 p.m. on Friday, June 21.  This comes nearly 100 days after the first closure was issued on March 15.

The Presidential Disaster Declaration has been extended to cover damages through June 15.  City leaders are planning a meeting with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the coming weeks.  After that, the city will have 60 days to solidify projects that they’re working on.

The city plans to apply for disaster and flood mitigation grants, in an attempt to fix roads that are subject to washout when river levels rise above 18 feet.

It could take months for some temporary repairs to be made.

Plenty of work hangs in the balance at Credit Island. Much of South Concord between River Drive and Utah has water over the road.  Many underground utilities will need to be cleaned and inspected; river levels need to drop even more for that to happen.

103-year-old ‘Hurricane’ Hawkins earns gold medal, sets records at National Senior Games

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A 103-year-old Baton Rouge woman is proving that you can win gold medals and set records at any age.

Julia 'Hurricane' Hawkins began running two years ago - when she was already over 100. Earlier this week, she competed in the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hawkins took home the gold for the 100-meter dash, completing the course in just 46 seconds. She also competed in the 50 meter race and set another Senior Games record for women over 100 with a time of 21 seconds.

In addition to this week's records, she is also the oldest woman to compete on an American track.

“I hope I'm inspiring them to be healthy and realize you can still be doing it at this kind of an age if you keep yourself busy and active through your life,” Hawkins said.

Despite feeling right at home blowing away her competition on the track, Hawkins said her favorite way to train is outside in her garden. She has an acre of land and 50 kinds of trees that she said she works on all the time.

Drenching tropical rains, thunderstorms still on track for the upcoming weekend

What a great day it turned out to be as we briefly dry out for one full day.  Highs this afternoon are on track to climb in the warmer 70s across the area.  Having a dry full day in the forecast will be hard to come by especially as we head into the upcoming weekend. By the evening and overnight hours we’ll add a few more broken clouds as a weak disturbance slides in from the west.  This could lead to a passing light shower before the predawn hours.

More clouds than sun will be the highlight for Friday with temperatures right back in the 70s.  Trending dry through most of the day as a warm front from the south slowly track toward the area that evening into Saturday morning.  This front will carry a good amount of gulf moisture across the area resulting in an increase coverage of heavy showers and thunderstorms.

Plenty of warmth and humidity for your Saturday with highs in the 80s and heat index values approaching 90.

The rest of the weekend will remain very tropical as we’ll be in between showers and thunderstorms.  Before we dry out by the time we get to the start of the new week, rainfall amounts will likely exceed an inch or two in most spots.  Stay tuned!

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Alabama man accused of training meth-fueled ‘attack squirrel’ posts Facebook video about the claims

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - The Limestone County Sheriffs Office is still looking for a man after a drug bust involving a squirrel.

Mickey Paulk, 35, is wanted for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Deputies also believe he is illegally in possession of a firearm.

When authorities executed a search warrant at an apartment, they say they found meth, drug paraphernalia, body armor, and a caged squirrel. Ronnie Reynolds, 37, was arrested during the search.

Sources told the sheriff's office that Paulk fed the squirrel meth to help keep it aggressive and trained it to attack people.

Animal control officials were called to retrieve the squirrel but since there wasn't a safe way to test it for meth they released the squirrel into the wild, according to WHNT.

On Tuesday, June 18, Paulk posted a video on Facebook to dispute the claims from the Limestone County Sheriff's Office.

Paulk claims he doesn't live in the home deputies searched, and also addresses the idea of his apparent pet squirrel being on meth.

“He’s not a trained attack squirrel…" Paul says in the video. "And he’s not on meth I’m pretty sure. Better not find out he’s on meth, anyway," he said jokingly.

He is with a squirrel in the video, and claims that it was the squirrel released by officials.

In the video, Paulk also tries to dispute the warrant charges against him. But police say this isn't the first time they’ve dealt with Paulk, and they’re not concerned about his public comments.

“While this is a different case because of the other ones we’ve dealt with, because of the publicity, you’ve got to go back to what is our role," said Stephen Young with the Limestone County Sheriff's Office.

He says that role is getting the facts right, being thorough in their investigation, and keeping the public safe.

“While we keep the public informed about a lot of things that we do and what’s going on, but our job as law enforcement officers is not to engage in a public forum or debate about things that may or may not have happened or may or may not happen in the future," Young said.

Anyone with information on Paulk's whereabouts should contact the Limestone County Sheriff's Office.

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Why the summer solstice is the best time for farmers are gardeners

MOLINE, Illinois  —  Friday, June 21st, marks the first official day of summer.

In fact, the summer solstice will officially happen at 10:54 a.m. Central.  This happens when the Earth is tilted at 23.5 degrees, where the North Pole is facing mostly toward the sun.

The solstice is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Plant and Garden expert Craig Hignight says this is the best time for farmers and gardeners.

“We get the best growth,” Highnight said. ” That’s why we grow so much corn and soybeans in the Midwest. Believe it or not, with all the rain we’ve had, July is technically our wettest month. When we get the most rain, it probably has to do in conjunction with the solstice. That’s why crops grow so well here in the Midwest.”

We will go through fall solstice in September.

 

High school baseball team tests DIY hail protection for cars

DENVER - Colorado is known for having some massive hail storms that leave behind expensive damage.

A hail storm in May 2017 that damaged cars and homes resulted in about $2.3 billion in insurance claims.

For drivers who park outside, the risk of damage is high.

Testing homemade hail protection

What if you don't have a garage or carport to protect your vehicle? Will a DIY solution get the job done?

KDVR decided to put some homemade hail defenses to the test.

Wheat Ridge High School baseball players threw baseballs at a Cadillac parked at U-Pull-&-Pay Denver.

Arvada Police clocked the balls’ speed with radar.

University of Denver professor Barry Zink and Denver North High School teacher Erika Schenck served as physics experts for the test.

A pool float, yoga mat, beach towel, child’s play mat and cardboard were affixed onto the Cadillac’s windows.

None of the items fully protected against baseballs hitting at 60 – 70 mph.

Zink and Schenck agreed that thick, layered coverings could help in less severe storms.

Seeking shelter for a car is the best bet in severe hail storms, the experts said.

Park under a tree? Think again.

"People who live in the city will tell me, 'Oh well, I have a good tree I know I can park under safely,'" said Skyler McKinley of AAA Colorado.

"That’s the exact opposite advice," he says.

Branches often fall during hail storms.

McKinley recommends making a game plan on where to park your car to find shelter, when needed.

Once hail is falling, it's too late

AAA Colorado also warns against affixing hail defenses to vehicles when the hail is already falling.

At that point, people could be injured in the storm.

Don't risk your safety in an attempt to protect your car.

Don't stop under a highway overpass

If you're on the highway during a hail storm, it may be tempting to stop under an overpass -- but doing that is illegal.

It can also be dangerous. During a tornado, overpasses can accelerate the already violent winds.

Colorado State Patrol says drivers should exit the roadway in a safe manner. Those who do not may be ticketed.

“If worse comes to worst and you don’t have anywhere you can pull [over], get to the side of the road, park on the shoulder, don’t drive. In really severe hail conditions, it’s like a whiteout. You can’t see, you have no visibility," McKinley said.

File claims after one storm, not more

AAA Colorado advises against waiting for multiple hail storms to cause car damage before submitting an insurance claim.

"Don’t think you can just wait and then do it all at once and then save," McKinley said. "It might not be covered at all and adjusters are pretty good at identifying how recent hail damage is."

Rates often go up because of hail storms and claims are factored into individual premiums.

With a warmer weather, now is the time to cool down with Mahala Sweet Treats

Food Truck Week continues to roll on with a visit from Clinton, Iowa's Mahala Sweet Treats.

Mother-daughter duo Shannon and Lilly Leding serve up all kinds of sweet, frozen treats. You can get anything from a cup of ice cream to a combination shave ice which has a little bit of ice cream on the bottom, followed by a mountain of shaved ice, and then whatever flavor you choose. And it's a hard choice since there are dozens of choices, making for hundreds of combinations!

When asked what makes their food truck so cool, Lilly says, "I like meeting all of the people who come up" and her Mom has a similar response, saying "It really is the great people we get to meet."

Thanks to Mahala Sweet Treats from Clinton, Iowa for being a part of "Food Truck Week" on Good Morning Quad Cities. Smiles all around from our @WQAD crew! pic.twitter.com/1QmtkNnmCY

— EricSorensen☈ (@ERICSORENSEN) June 20, 2019

 

You can taste one of Mahala Sweet Treats' creations tonight at Music On The Avenue tonight, and every Thursday night 6-10p.m. They'll be set up at 225 5th Ave S., Clinton, Iowa.

Mahala Sweet Treats is also available for parties and outings. Shannon says the best way to get a hold of them, just send a message on their Facebook page.

Illinois expands newborn screening; 14th state to test for ALD

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has introduced a test for all newborns in the state to check for a condition called Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD.

ALD is a rare, yet deadly, genetic condition that affects the brain, nervous system and adrenal gland. Newborns with ALD appear healthy at birth only to later regress developmentally. Early detection of ALD in babies can lead to life-saving interventions such as stem cell transplants and adrenal steroid replacement, according to the IDPH. The screening is done on a dried blood spot sample.

Without treatment, seemingly healthy infants will begin to show behavioral problems such as acting withdrawn, having coordination issues, vision issues and difficulty concentrating, according to the IDPH. As the disease spreads throughout the child’s brain, symptoms including seizures, blindness, deafness and progressive dementia may occur.

Typically, the condition worsens leading to a vegetative state and death within two to five years of diagnosis. Males are more at risk for severe symptoms as most female carriers of the disease develop symptoms in adulthood or not at all, according to the IDPH.

The condition affects approximately 1 in 18,000 people and Illinois is also the 14th state in the US to implement ALD testing in newborns.

ALD is the 48th disease all newborns in Illinois are tested for since screenings began in 1965. Screenings are performed 24 to 48 hours after birth for early detection and treatment of potentially disability or life threatening diseases. Each year, more than 700 babies are diagnosed through these screenings, according to the IDPH website.

Watch Live: Illinois governor to sign executive order to get maximum participation from residents on 2020 Census

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CHICAGO, Illinois — The Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, plans to sign an executive order to ensure that everyone who lives in Illinois is counted on the 2020 Census.

The state budget includes $29 million to make this happen, according to a report by NPR Illinois.  Most of the money will go to education, informing citizens on what the census is, what it does and how the information collected is used.

The amount of participation on the Census could determine how many congressional seats Illinois gets to have, since those seats are based on population.  As it stands in 2019, Illinois has 18.

Several states, including Illinois, have challenged a new question that may appear on the 2020 Census.  The question asks “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” and hasn’t been included on the Census since 1950, according to the Pew Research Center.

On his Twitter account, Governor Pritzker called the question “a direct attack on immigrant communities by the Trump administration,” and suggested that it would make immigrant residents shy away from participating in the Census.

This is a direct attack on immigrant communities by the Trump administration, and it can only worsen the response rate of immigrant residents in Illinois. When will @BruceRauner stand up for Illinois’ families and fight this latest attack? https://t.co/0ADUEBGmi3

— JB Pritzker (@JBPritzker) March 27, 2018

The question is undergoing review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that it would be “totally ridiculous” not to ask the question, according to a report by BBC.

“When you have a census and you’re not allowed to talk about whether or not somebody’s a citizen or not, that doesn’t sound so good to me,” he said, reported BBC.

Governor Pritzker planned to sign his executive order at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20 in Chicago.

 

BREAKFAST WITH… the Team Behind the John Deere Classic

They work all year for one week – the John Deere Classic.

On Thursday, June 20th, we had “Breakfast With…” the organizers of the annual golf tournament at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. The 2019 John Deere Classic takes place Monday, July 8th through Sunday, July 14th and this year is expected to bring the same magic that’s promised and proven on the course every year.

Clair Peterson, Tournament Director, gave us a sneak peek at this year’s field and told us which players he’s excited about:

The JDC is about more than just the game of golf though. Every birdie during the tournament means money goes to more than 500 area charities through the Birdies for Charity Program. In 2018, it broke a record by raising $13.4 million. Kristy Ketcham Jackson, Director of the Birdies for Charity Program, told us how they plan to meet and, hopefully, exceed that number in 2019:

Today's "Breakfast With..." was hosted by TPC Deere Run, which provides food year-round to the public, but also prepares a special menu for the pros. Christina Green, Director of Food and Beverage, explained some of the dishes they make especially for the golfers and their families:

We also answered your questions during a Facebook Live on the WQAD Facebook Page. If you are thinking about going to the JDC, get all the information you need then click here to purchase tickets.

If you're interested in winning a chance to play with the pros during the JDC Pro-Am and give to the Birdies for Charity Program at the same time, click here.

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