Recent heavy rains create a waterfall along a small stream flowing into Duck Creek.

PV, North Scott schools agree on joint use of iWireless Center for 2016 graduation ceremonies

Pleasant Valley and North Scott schools will share the cost and use of iWireless Center in Moline for their graduation ceremonies next year, joining Davenport schools in utilizing the much larger civic center to accommodate the crowds of family and friends at the commencements.

That leaves Bettendorf as the only school district on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities still using its gymnasium for graduation ceremonies.

Davenport plant discharges 132 million gallons of partially treated sewage into Mississippi River

The amount of partially treated sewage dumped into the Mississippi River by Davenport's Sewage Treatment Plant last month totaled more than 136 million gallons.

The so-called "bypassed" sewage received only primary – not secondary – treatment because flows to the plant on Concord Street were beyond its capacity as storm water runoff infiltrated sewer lines after heavy rains.

As the sewage flows backed up in lines to the treatment plant, Bettendorf pumped more than 29 million gallons of sewage and storm water into the river after the heavy rains in late June and early July.

State gambling revenues up slightly for fiscal 2015; but Bettendorf Isle casino continues downward slide

Iowa gambling revenues for fiscal year 2015 increased slightly thanks to a new casino property in Sioux City, but the decade long decline in admissions and revenues continued at Bettendorf's Isle of Capri riverboat.

Revenues for the fiscal year were down 2.4 percent to $68.5 million, while admissions at the Bettendorf casino dropped more than 8 percent to 848,000 gamblers during the 12-month period.

Greece's economic lesson: In hard times you can't cut your way back to prosperity

I’d like to apologize to the people of Greece.

I’ve been pretty hard on them over the years. I’ve made fun of their freewheeling spendthrift habits, their unwillingness to pay their taxes, and their early retirement ethos.

When they were given membership in the Euro zone, I made fun of that too, or at least of the rest of Europe’s willingness to cast its lot with the Greeks. “That’s like going mountain climbing with your safety rope tied to the town drunk,” I said.

Blackhawk Bank seeks rezoning for new branch; proposed site has history of neighbor concerns

Blackhawk Bank & Trust wants to rezone land in Bettendorf to pave the way for a new branch facility at Middle and Belmont Roads, a highly visible corner with a long history of neighborhood concerns about commercial development.

May inspection of Cricket Hollow Zoo prompted suspension; appeal keeps findings confidential

The federal inspection of Cricket Hollow Zoo in May found something troubling enough to temporarily suspend the facility's license, but exactly what prompted the closure won't be known until an appeal of the findings is complete later this month.

Obama's 'Amazing Grace': He left Charleston funeral as a black man who happened to be president

If Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech is the 20th century equivalent of Abraham Lincoln’s magnificent Second Inaugural — and I think it is — then what President Barack Obama gave us in Charleston, South Carolina is our century’s Gettysburg Address.

He gave a marvelous eulogy that was powerful and eloquent. He was moving without resorting to sentimentality.

Cricket Hollow Zoo license temporarily suspended by USDA; reasons for shutdown remain unknown

Federal officials have suspended the license of Cricket Hollow Zoo, the "roadside" zoo near Manchester, Iowa, which has been cited repeatedly for animal welfare violations over the past five years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) June 16 placed the zoo under a 21-day suspension. No explanation was given for the suspension, and calls and emails to USDA officials were not immediately returned. The suspension is to expire today, July 7.

Bettendorf LED light manufacturer two years behind in loan repayment; job training funds frozen

The Florida promoter who convinced local economic development officials he would bring manufacturing jobs from China to Bettendorf hasn't made a payment in nearly two years on the $107,000 loan he received from the Bi-State Revolving Loan Fund, the economic development arm of the Bi-State Regional Commission.

LEDs America made payments totaling $31,000 on the job development loan, but its last check was in September 2013, leaving an unpaid balance of $76,000, according to Bi-State officials.

Lee pays off Berkshire Hathaway debt early; lays off eight St. Louis Post-Dispatch news employees

In an interesting coincidence involving Lee Enterprises' largest newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Davenport-based media firm announced it had paid off debt related to acquisition of that paper in 2005, while confirming today (6/26) it was laying off eight St. Louis newsroom employees.

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