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Authorities searching for work-release escapee

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Authorities are looking for an escapee from a Davenport work-release facility.

According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, 24-year-old Arthur Kieth Lobley was supposed to report back to the Davenport Work Release/OWI Center on Friday morning, January 19th, but never showed up.

The Department of Corrections said Lobley was convicted of two counts of second-degree robbery, and was admitted to the facility on November 29th.

Lobley is described as standing six-feet tall, weighing 159 pounds. If you have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call local police.

Amazon increases its monthly Prime membership rate to $12.99

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Amazon has increased its monthly Prime membership fee from $10.99 to $12.99, an increase of 18 percent.

Amazon first announced the monthly payment option less than two years ago. This is the first price increase since the monthly option was introduced.

The annual membership option, which requires customers to pay a one-time fee of $99, is not increasing at this time, according to Recode.

Amazon’s Prime program for students is increasing from $5.49 to $6.49. The standalone Prime Video membership, which does include shipping benefits, will remain at $8.99.

The new prices are now live on the Amazon Prime subscription page.

Read More: Amazon lists Chicago among 20 finalists for its second headquarters

Student hit by vehicle near John Deere Middle School in Moline

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MOLINE, Illinois -- A young girl suffered minor injuries after being hit and pinned underneath a vehicle near John Deere Middle School.

The incident happened around 7:45 a.m. Friday, January 19th.  Officers were blocking traffic in the area where the collision happened, at 12th Street and 21st Avenue.

Bystanders said they saw a group of good Samaritans help lift the car off the child to get her out from underneath.

Initially, Moline Police Detective Michael Griffin said the student who was hit was expected to be treated and released for minor injuries.  He later said he learned that the child was being transferred to Peoria for her injuries.

"At this point in time (doctors) do not believe the injuries to be life threatening," Detective Griffin said.

According to Moline Detective Michael Griffin, the student who was hit was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, but was expected to be released the same day.

"I have watched the kids cross this street and it's the squealing tires, breaks, cars are flying through here at 35 miles per hour when kids are trying to go to school," said a concerned parent. "It's ridiculous."

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Ricky Martin accidentally hears reporter’s fangirl freak-out on live TV

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CHICAGO – Chicago-based feature reporter Ana Belaval is a huge Ricky Martin fan. And now, the singer/actor knows it, too.

During a WGN Morning News satellite interview with Martin, where he talked about his new show "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story," Belaval had the opportunity to ask Martin a question about his recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Like Martin, Belaval is a Puerto Rico native and has been invested in the country's progress since Hurricane Maria.

After their exchange about Puerto Rico, Belaval thinks the interview is over and starts explaining how she begged WGN Entertainment Reporter Dean Richards to let her in on this interview, even though she wasn't in the studio.

"I seriously went very berserk on Dean Richards because you have to understand, when you're part of a minority, and you don't have a lot of role models in media, and you have a Ricky Martin that wherever you go in the world, it's a good name to mention as a Puerto Rican, oh my goodness you feel related to him," she said.

She keeps talking and then he chimes in, "That's beautiful. I love what I'm hearing." And then Belaval says to the other anchors: "Oh he's still there?! I'm gonna kill you!"

Then Martin quips, "Please, I don't want to be involved in another 'American Crime Story.'"

Watch the full exchange in the player above. And below, see Belaval's interview with Martin about Puerto Rico.

Who’s affected by a shutdown: By the numbers

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(CNN) — If Congress can’t agree on a plan to fund the federal government before time runs out, a shutdown is expected to affect millions of Americans.

For starters, the continuing resolution proposed by House Republicans would include a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program — but if it doesn’t pass the Senate, CHIP will be funded only through March.

And thousands of federal employees will be placed on furlough — meaning they won’t report to work Monday.

Who’s affected by the government shutdown?
  • 700,000 undocumented immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be affected, as there’s currently no fix in place ahead of the March 5 deadline 9 million children who are under the Children’s Health Insurance Program — whose parents usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private health coverage — will have less certainty about the future of their health care
  • About 1.3 million active-duty military will be expected to work potentially without pay.  The military is currently paid through February 1. In the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 government employees were furloughed each day — and there could be a similar number this time around 1.87 million civilian government workers could be exempt from furlough — including the workers at the Transportation Security Administration and food safety inspectors, border patrol officers and federal prison guards 681,170 residents in Washington, DC, could potentially not receive basic services such as trash pickup, because the city budget is tied with the federal budget Up to 417 national park sites could be closed, though the Trump administration is going to “try to allow limited access wherever possible,” Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift told CNN 19 Smithsonian museums will be closed

Shutdown looms larger in Senate after House vote

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(CNN) — The Senate is bracing for a potential shutdown.

House Republicans passed the spending bill out of their chamber Thursday night, but the bill’s future in the Senate is precarious with more than a dozen Democrats already having announced they’d vote against it.

The Senate adjourned after 10 p.m. ET Thursday with no sign that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had or would have the votes to pass a measure to keep the government funded past a Friday midnight deadline any time soon. Unlike in the House, where Republicans could pass the bill with GOP votes alone, McConnell needs Democrats to pass the bill out of the Senate — as many as more than a dozen depending on GOP no votes or absences. Many Democrats have come out in recent days saying they’d vote “no” with more leaning that way and only one saying that he’d back the proposal.

“I want to keep the government open,” West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said earlier this week. “I’m just going to work and work and work to keep the government open.”

On the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pitched a very short term continuing resolution, to give senators a few more days to work through their differences, unlike the plan passed out of the House that keeps the government running until mid February, but initial reactions to that idea from McConnell’s aides were skeptical, CNN reported.

In one sign of good news for McConnell, Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican who had told CNN earlier Thursday that he would not vote for the bill, told reporters he would now support it, following assurances from GOP leadership that defense appropriations would have regular order.

Many Democrats pinned their frustration with the House-passed CR on the fact that the bill did nothing to protect hundreds of thousands of recipients of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which expires on March 5.

“.@realDonaldTrump created a crisis on #DACA and destroyed a bipartisan solution. #Dreamers belong here. I will vote NO on this spending bill because it does not put them on a pathway to citizenship,” Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada tweeted Thursday night.

Democrats weren’t the only ones angry about the process. Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, said he was also frustrated citing the handling of DACA. He said he would support a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for a few days, but that a longer term one — like the one in the House-passed proposal — he would have a hard time supporting.

“I can’t see voting yes on cloture,” Flake told reporters.

Others — including Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine — said they were tired of continuing resolutions in general.

“We have to close this escape hatch and stop voting for CRs and tell leadership they have to make their deals and then we will get it done,” King said. “I’d vote for one for a few days to do the paperwork, but to kick it down the road for another month, we’re not going to know anything then that we don’t know now.”

But, Republicans had also included a six-year re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in their short-term spending package, a maneuver they’d hoped would pressure Democrats to avert a government shutdown.

Still, McConnell was drawing up contingency plans to keep the Senate in session through the weekend if Senate Democrats block a short-term spending bill before the Friday deadline, according to two GOP aides. Senate Republican leaders were working through scenarios that could force Democrats up for re-election in 2018 to take politically challenging votes for days after the missed deadline.

The plans serve in part as a threat to Democrats, who have grown increasingly willing to keep McConnell from the 60 votes he would need to pass a short-term funding bill and avoid a shutdown.

But, McConnell also has problems with his own members. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina threatened to vote against a short-term spending bill, as did Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Many Democrats have kept their options open in part because it was unclear if House Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants would even have the votes in their Republican conference to pass a short-term spending bill out of the House as they did Thursday.

GMQC crew celebrates National Popcorn Day

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MOLINE- Friday, January 19 is National Popcorn Day, and it turns out, there's a lot of health benefits to the snack.

Popcorn is a whole grain, and it has a lot healthy fiber that can help improve digestion and keep  away excess cholesterol. It has more fiber than pretzels or potato chips. It's also less fatty than potato chips, so it's a better snacking option if you're trying to lose weight.

Popcorn is gluten free, containing more protein than any other cereal grain. It has more iron than eggs or roast beef.

Check out the videos above and below to see the Good Morning Quad Cities' crew's progress early Friday morning.

Warm weekend here, big snows just west

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We are now headed into our second January thaw. Temperatures will go above freezing beginning at 10 o'clock today and last into the evening hours. A few hometowns (where snow has melted) could see temperatures rise into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees!

More mild weather is anticipated tonight into tomorrow as well when temperatures will rise into the 40s once again. There will be one difference though. Clouds will thicken up as we go through our Saturday with a few showers possible by dinnertime. Rain will be present in our forecast through Sunday when temperatures will surge up to 50 degrees in the Quad Cities. As low pressure scoots right overhead, some rumbly rain is also possible.

On the other side of Iowa, Winter Storm Watches are in effect. For the area of Northwestern Iowa, near the Sioux City area, as much as a foot of snow is possible. Some blizzard conditions could be possible as well! If you're traveling west of Des Moines late in the weekend, be ready for dangerous weather conditions.

Colder temperatures will move in after a cold front comes through Sunday night. If there's enough moisture still present, some of the light showers could switch over to some light snow on Monday. Little to no accumulation is foreseen at this time.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

“Juntos” program prepares Hispanic students and their families for a future education

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MOLINE - It's a roll of the dice whether students will decide to move forward with their education.

"Some people don't go, especially like Hispanics because we don't have the money or whatever, I think it's important that at least they be well informed," said Sally Galindo, parent.

A new program called "Juntos" aims to change that.

The University of Illinois Extension and the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley gives eighth grade Latino students and their parents an opportunity to explore education and career goals.

Sally Galindo and her son are taking part in the next five weeks of the program that will help them prepare for the future.

"You don't think about it until you're like oh my gosh this is coming, it's coming up soon ya know," said Galindo.

According to the student report card at John Deere Middle School in Moline 35% of students are Hispanic with only 11% are meeting or exceeding 'The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.'

"It's certainly high enough that it's an issue that we want to address," said Diane Baker, 4-h Youth Development Coordinator with the University of Illinois Extension.

In the program students and parents learn how to succeed in school, attain and prepare for a college education and how parents can be involved through a variety of different activities.

"For families to develop those communication skill sets early, that's what we spend a lot of time on tonight," said Baker.

Even though Sally's son isn't quite sure what path he wants to take yet, through the program he'll be prepared to have a successful future.

The first five week session still has a couple more openings and runs on Thursday nights, a second five week session will start in March.

You can register online in English or Spanish at the University of Illinois Extension’s web page or call (309) 756-9978.

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