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Trump plans to release 3,000 classified Kennedy documents: what will they tell us about his assassination?

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- We may soon have new information about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

President Donald Trump tweeted today that he will allow thousands of classified government documents to be released that could reveal new details on the assassination of Kennedy.

The documents were kept secret... until now. A 1992 law known as "The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act" required more than 3,000 previously-classified documents be made public by the law's 25th anniversary. That's this coming Thursday, October 26th, 2017.

The only person who can prevent the release of the documents is President Trump, who still has the power to withhold any or all documents he believes could endanger U.S. Intelligence, law enforcement, or the military.

Scholars and historians who have studied the assassination do not think the documents will lead to any bombshell discoveries, but the anticipated release still has them buzzing.

"I applaud the fact that President Trump is releasing these documents," presidential historian Douglas Brinkley says. "Historians have wanted the release done for a while. What happened with the assassination of John F. Kennedy is still, parts of it, a mystery."

One of those mysteries is assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's trip to Mexico City weeks before the killing, during which he visited the Soviet and Cuban embassies.

Oswald said he went to get visas to enter Cuba and the Soviet Union, but historians think there may be more to that story. They believe the new documents may hold the answers.

In all, the National Archives will release 3,000 never-before-seen documents Thursday, and 30,000 documents that were previously released, but only in part.

St. Ambrose hosts music and art gala to highlight Korean culture

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- St. Ambrose is teaming up with Korean musicians from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, and artists to celebrate Korean culture.

It's a part of the school's annual cultural globalization events.

Political Science professor, Duk Kim, Ph.D, says the platform of art and music is key to start a bigger conversation about rising tensions between the United States and Korea.

Last Thursday North Korea issued another threat against the United States pushing the two nations closer towards a declaration of nuclear war.
Kim talked about the direct impact this has towards the small but growing Korean community in the Quad Cities.

"This is one of the most intensified moments... A lot of people have relatives in South Korea and if anything goes wrong lives are at risk so we have to be concerned about their safety," says Kim.

Kim says there are at least 300 Korean people living in the Quad Cities.


Dozens ride across the Savanna-Sabula Bridge for the last time

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SAVANNA-- Locals are taking a last cruise down the Savanna-Sabula Bridge before it's coming down.

The first time Lew Dennison crossed the Mississippi River Savanna-Sabula Bridge was the year it opened in the 1930s.

He was six years old at the time.

"With all those people on the bridge, it shook. So I started to cry because I thought the bridge was going to fall in the river," remembers Dennison longtime resident of Savanna, Illinois.

Almost 80 years later since its opening, he's walked, driven and even rode a horse over the bridge.

"When we got to the bridge (the horse) just walked right across," said Dennison.

But now that bridge that held so many of his memories is coming down. And a new bridge is opening soon.

Dozens of people from all over the area came out for a celebration called Bridgefest to get one last ride in before the implosion set for a later date.

Cheryl Kastantin and her husband drove about hour drive from Wheatland, Iowa to take photos before the bridge is taken down.

"I said yep we got to go take's a big part of Iowa and Illinois history," says Cheryl Kastantin of Wheatland Iowa.

Motorcycles,vintage and new cars cruised together for the last time.

"It was a wonderful ride. The driver was very cautious. We didn't do any wheelies," said Dennison.

For some locals it's the end of an era but also the beginning of something new.

"In a few years we'll forget about the old bridge and just think about how wonderful our new bridge is."



Illinois High School Football Playoffs

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Here are the pairing for the first round of the Illinois High School Football Playoffs.  Dates and time will be updated when available.

Class 1A

#16 Toulon (Stark County) (5-4) at #1 Lena (L.-Winslow) (9-0), TBA

#9 Abingdon (A.-Avon) (7-2) at #8 Milledgeville (7-2), TBA

#13 Cuba [North Fulton Coop] (6-3) at #4 Stockton (7-2), TBA

#15 Orangeville (5-4) at #2 Kewanee (Wethersfield) [A.-Wethersfield Coop] (8-1), TBA

#11 Fulton (H.S.) (6-3) at #6 Ottawa (Marquette) (7-2), TBA


Class 2A

#16 Aurora (A. Christian) (5-4) at #1 Sterling (Newman Central Catholic) (9-0), TBA

#13 Rockford (R. Christian) (5-4) at #4 Orion (7-2), TBA

#12 Aledo (Mercer County) (5-4) at #5 Clifton (Central) (7-2), TBA

#10 Savanna (West Carroll) (6-3) at #7 Minonk (Fieldcrest) (7-2), TBA

#14 El Paso (E.P.-Gridley) (5-4) at #3 Taylor Ridge (Rockridge) (8-1), TBA

#11 Chicago (Marshall) (6-3) at #6 Knoxville (7-2), TBA


Class 3A

#15 Spring Valley (Hall) (6-3) at #2 Williamsville (9-0), TBA


Class 4A

#12 Kewanee (H.S.) (6-3) at #5 Morris (7-2), TBA

#15 Rock Island (Alleman) (5-4) vs. #2 Chicago (Raby) (8-1) at TBA, TBA

#14 Geneseo (5-4) at #3 Dixon (H.S.) (8-1), TBA


Class 5A

#15 Arlington Heights (St. Viator) (5-4) at #2 Sterling (H.S.) (9-0), TBA


Class 7A

#18 Chicago (Mt. Carmel) (6-3) at #15 Moline (H.S.) (7-2), TBA

Iowa H.S. Football pairings

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Here are the playoff football pairings for Iowa High School: Al first round game played Friday October 27th at 7:00pm.

Class 4A

Pleasant Valley vs Bettendorf

Davenport Central vs North Scott


Class 3A

Washington vs Assumption


Class 2A

West Liberty vs Cascade


Class 1A

Wilton vs Bellevue


Class A

New London vs Lynnville-Sully

Showers and storms will roll through tonight… a few may be strong

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What a stellar Saturday! We warmed up into the low 80s, but it may get a bit bumpy late Saturday evening into Sunday. A cold front will be approaching us late this evening, bringing a line of showers and storms. A few storms may be on the strong side, with the best chance west of the Mississippi River. We’ll be seeing the threat for some gusty winds and heavy rain. As these storms move eastward, they’ll continue to weaken. Only a few showers will be left by early Sunday morning. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s around the sunrise.

We really won’t warm up much at all on Sunday thanks to that front. Highs will struggle to reach 60 with the cloud cover during the afternoon.

More sunshine returns on Monday, and we’ll warm up into the mid 60s. However, a nice chill arrives on Tuesday! Highs will tumble into the low 50s with a few showers here and there. The 50s will stick around for Wednesday as well.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham


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