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New QC cryotherapy center is keeping customers cool this summer

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DAVENPORT - If you want to beat the heat, you need to go to the Quad Cities coldest place.

At 40 Degree Drop Cryocenter in Davenport, it's the quickest way to get cool.

"We`re definitely the coldest place in the Quad Cities. If it`s hot like this and you`re training outside, you need to come in and you need to cool down. Come get dropped in our cryotherapy machine," said Keegan Glaus, a cryotherapy technician.

The new business offers a very different type of therapy. People hop into their liquid nitrogen chamber that drops negative 240 degrees.

Glaus explains how it works, "Dropping your skin temperature about 35-45 degrees allowing your core body temperature to stay the same and that allows oxygen to flow, to keep regulating through your body."

Glaus says it provides therapy for a variety of things, arthritis, stiff muscles and joint pain. He claims it also burns calories for weight loss, plus improves your mood and sleep.  The treatment only takes three minutes.

40 Degree Drop will be at this Bix this weekend with their portable therapy machine. Technicians will treat runners before and after the race.

NFL rookie makes a name for himself off the field, before football season begins

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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin-- Green Bay Packers linebacker Vince Biegel has yet to play his first game at Lambeau Field, but he's already become a hero to children staying at a local hospital.

Biegel and his wife Sarah visited HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital Wednesday.

It's a moment three-year-old Odin Webster had been talking about since the night before. Odin had just finished his monthly chemo treatment. His reward: an autographed football and the opportunity to play catch with a Green Bay Packer.

"He says he's going to tackle that guy. That's what he's been telling me all morning, that he's going to tackle that guy," said Odin's mother Carrie.

'That guy' is Biegel, a Wisconsin Badger standout drafted by the Green Bay Packers.

Not only is Biegel granting these kids unforgettable memories, he's also helping deliver new "brave" hospital gowns. They're comfy and redesigned to make kids feel like superheroes.

"It really puts things in perspective," Biegel explains. "It kind of makes the game of football more in perspective, more of a game than it is a lifestyle. But it also puts things in perspective as well how grateful I am to do what I'm doing as well."

Biegel made the visit and donation through "Athletes for Hope," an organization created by Muhammad Ali, pushing athletes to make a difference in their communities, as well as the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Chris de Haan is VP of communications and public relations for Starlight Children's Foundation. "Our mission is to make the hospital experience more fun for kids when they're going through a really tough time," she says.

 

You can find out more about the "Athletes for Hope" organization by visiting their website, http://www.athletesforhope.org/.

NEWS 8 TRIO: Yes to yogurt

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Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on "News 8 at 6:30" for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting.

Denise and Johnnie are ready to try new treats using yogurt: for a treat, a meal, and an appetizer!

  1. We're putting yogurt on ice!
  2. Yogurt never gets a bad wrap...
  3. Mix with guacamole for a great dip

Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30".

State board approves company building a mental health facility in Bettendorf

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BETTENDORF — Strategic Behavioral Health has been given the green light to build a mental health facility in Bettendorf.

BREAKING: Strategic Behavioral Health approved to build mental health hospital in Bettendorf

— Elizabeth Wadas WQAD (@ElizabethWadas) July 21, 2017

Strategic Behavioral Health was able to prove there was a demand for their services and they were granted a Certificate of Need.  The state board approved it with a simple majority vote of two to one on Thursday, July 20th.

This was the out-of-state company’s third attempt at approval.  This time, there were two new board members who both voted “yes.”

 

Strategic Behavioral Health expects to close on the land within 30 days.  The building process will take about one year and then they will start accepting patients.

 

Grant Wood Elementary breaks ground for $16.7 million new building

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BETTENDORF-- Staff, students and families gathered behind Grant Wood Elementary to celebrate the beginning of a new era.

On July 20th ready with shovels in their hands they broke ground as part of a ceremony to say hello to the start of the construction to their new building.

The old school building is going to be torn down and a new and spacious one will go up. The new school will be built behind the old one.

School officials welcome the space as the elementary school is currently at full capacity.

"It's been extremely exciting and it's been a great process to see how all things come together," says John Cain, the elementary school principal.

The new building is going to be nearly 70% bigger than the old building. It will feature larger classrooms as well as a bigger gymnasium.

The total cost of the project is $16.7 million dollars.

"For the kids, for the staff, for the community this is a big deal and we are really thrilled. It's been a long time coming in the making and we're very excited," says Carol Harrisleingang, the school's nurse.

The new building is expected to be fully completed in November 2018.

Local labor activist announces run for Illinois 36th senate district seat

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MOLINE-- Democrat Gregg Johnson announced his candidacy for the Illinois 36th Senate District seat.

Johnson, a Rock Island native, formally announced his run on Thursday, July 20 at the Moline Township Activity Center.

"The leaders in Springfield have been letting us down for decades now and i think we need to send people to Springfield that are actually going to solve the problems of everyday people," he said.

Johnson is a 34-year member of AFSCME Local 46 and was elected President of the local in 2010.

The candidate said he will focus on issues such as education funding, tax reform, and middle class growth.

"I think we need a fair taxation system in our state...too much of the burden is put on our working class," Johnson said.

Currently Johnson is the only announced Democratic candidate for the primary.

Republican Neal Anderson currently holds the 36th district seat.

Illinois dodges downgrade to ‘junk’

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(CNN Money) — Illinois has just barely avoided the dishonor of becoming America’s first “junk” state.

Moody’s decided on Thursday that it won’t downgrade Illinois because the cash-strapped state finally passed its first budget in more than two years. S&P Global Ratings similarly removed the threat of an imminent downgrade last week.

Moody’s concluded that the Illinois budget deal — which includes a 32% tax hike — is enough to ease the enormous financial pressures facing the state. Illinois had built up $15 billion in unpaid bills, affecting everything from mental health services for teens to funding for state colleges and universities.

Even though Illinois has dodged another downgrade bullet, the state remains in financial disarray. After decades of mismanagement, Illinois has built up a stunning pension shortfall of $251 billion that will continue to grow, according to Moody’s.

That’s why Moody’s is keeping a “negative” outlook on the state, signaling further action could come in the next 12 to 24 months if Illinois gets back into trouble.

Related: Illinois budget crisis puts troubled teens at risk

In addition to the “severe” pension shortfall, Moody’s said Illinois continues to grapple with a “weak governance” system and “residual political paralysis.”

It wasn’t clear if the budget compromise was going to be enough for Illinois to avoid a downgrade. Moody’s had warned right before the budget was enacted on July 6 that potential “shortcomings” in the deal could trigger a downgrade from its organization.

Moody’s reiterated on Thursday that there is a risk that Illinois will fail to cut spending and raise tax revenue by as much as the budget calls for.

Moody’s said the state’s failure to enact a budget for two straight years is partially the result of the state’s pension time bomb, which was caused by politicians delaying tough decisions.

“As the liabilities have grown more difficult, so have the potential political repercussions of addressing them,” Moody’s said.

Suspect pleads not guilty in kidnapping of Chinese scholar

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A 28-year-old man charged in the abduction of a University of Illinois scholar from China has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Brendt Christensen is accused of kidnapping 26-year-old Yingying Zhang on June 9 in Urbana. He is a recent graduate student in physics at the university.

Under questioning Thursday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long, Christensen revealed he is taking Klonopin “as an anti-depressant.”

Christensen said the medication did not affect his ability to understand the charges against him.

Investigators say Zhang was abducted after she left campus to sign an apartment lease. They believe Christensen lured her into his car.

Investigators have said they believe Zhang is dead, although her body hasn’t been found.

Zhang’s disappearance has sparked heated discussion on Chinese social media on the efficiency of the U.S. legal system, as well as the general safety of America.

The judge set a Sept. 12 trial date for Christensen.

Florida man angry about AT&T trucks parked in front of house, shoots out tires

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HIALEAH, Fla. — A retired Florida firefighter apparently shot the tires on multiple AT&T trucks because he was upset they were parked near his home, according to WSVN.

Police said utility workers were working on lines near the home when 64-year-old Jorge Jove approached them on Wednesday morning. Jove was apparently upset because the trucks were parked in front of his home, officials told WSVN.

The workers told the man they would move the trucks after the work was completed. The man then went inside his home and came back out with a gun and started shooting at the tires.

Derrick Taylor, one of the AT&T workers, captured the incident on video.

“There’s a guy shooting out my tires. There’s a guy shooting out my tires,” Taylor, who was on the phone with 911, can be heard saying on the video.

Jove fired at least 18 shots during the incident, police said. According to WSVN, a sergeant saw the man fire and miss at the worker who was in a bucket truck.

Jove faces aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. No injuries were reported.

AT&T released a statement regarding the incident:

“We’re grateful nobody was hurt, and we’re working with law enforcement in their investigation. Because there’s an active investigation, I need to refer you to them for any questions.”

Muscatine man sentenced in child porn case

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DAVENPORT — A Muscatine man was sentenced to 12 years in prison in U.S. Federal Court Monday after pleading guilty to possession and distribution of child pornography.

According to court records, Casey J. Blain, 36, admitted to possessing at least 369 child porn images and 267 videos that he shared with others online. Blain was arrested in March of 2016 after Muscatine Police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Blain pleaded guilty to the offenses on March 20, 2017.

In addition to his prison sentence, Blain was also ordered to pay $12,500 in restitution and will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

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