In a week of awful news, these 3 heroes stepped up

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(CNN) — From Toronto to Tennessee, they emerged as glimmers of light amid an onslaught of devastating news.

The man driving to the gym when an attacker plowed a van into pedestrians at a busy Toronto intersection.

The man sitting with a friend at a Nashville-area Waffle House when a gunman opened fire.

The former Navy fighter pilot praised for her “nerves of steel” during an emergency on a Southwest Airlines flight.

We all need heroes to inspire us. In the past week, these three stepped up:

He came to the aid of a Toronto van attack victim

When a van began striking pedestrians in Toronto’s busy North York section, Diego DeMatos was driving to the gym.

DeMatos was still emotional when he recounted the moment Monday when he saw the fast-moving vehicle strike a man and a woman.

“At first … I just thought it was a hit and run,” he told CNN.

It was more than that. At least 10 people were killed and 14 injured when Alek Minassian, 25, carried out his attack.

As DeMatos continued down the street, he saw four or five more people on the ground. Some were still moving, others not.

Further down, DeMatos said a man was trying to help another wounded pedestrian. The man screamed for help.

DeMatos parked, jumped out of his car and ran to assist.

“I went over to try to perform CPR on him. … He died in our arms,” DeMatos said.

A woman handed them her scarf to cover the dead man until police arrived, he said.

“It was like a scene from a war zone,” DeMatos said. “It was really, really horrible.”

He wrestled a rifle from the Tennessee Waffle House shooter

“I just want to be out there as a regular person,” James Shaw Jr. insists.

But there was nothing regular about how Shaw defused a deadly shooting at a Waffle House early Sunday morning.

He was sitting with a friend at the restaurant counter when a gunman wearing nothing but a green jacket opened fire outside the restaurant, police said.

Glass shattered. A man fell to the ground.

Shaw, 29, slid along the floor to the restroom, his mind set on stopping the shooter. When he heard a pause in the gunfire, he leaped into action.

“I figured if I was going to die,” Shaw later told reporters, “he was going to have to work for it.”

He rushed the man with the rifle. They tussled. The gunman cursed and fought back. Shaw managed to wrest the still-hot rifle from the shooter and tossed it behind the restaurant counter. The gunman ran off.

Shaw suffered a burn on his hand and a graze wound on his elbow.

The gunman killed four people, and it could have been more.

But don’t call Shaw a hero.

“Heroes seem kind of like they’re not touchable,” he said. “If I’m looked at as a regular person, if somebody else is in this situation they have that same thing within them that they can project out also.”

She calmly guided Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 to safety

The trouble started 20 minutes after the flight left New York. Passengers said they heard explosions. A plane window shattered after being struck by debris from a ruptured engine. A female passenger was sucked into the hole where the window had been.

But the voice of Tammie Jo Shults exuded calm as she guided Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and its 144 passengers to safety at a Philadelphia airport.

Shults, one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots, spoke calmly and slowly to air traffic control as the plane experienced engine failure more than 30,000 feet in the air.

“We have a part of the aircraft missing,” she said. “Could you have the medical meet us there on the runway as well? We’ve got injured passengers.”

Was her plane on fire?

“No, it’s not on fire,” she replied. “But part of it is missing. They said there’s a hole and that someone went out.”

The plane plunged from an altitude of 31,684 feet to about 10,000 feet in a little more than five minutes, according to data from Flightradar24.com.

But passenger Kristopher Johnson said the pilot soon “regained control” and informed passengers the plane was headed to Philadelphia.

Passenger Jennifer Riordan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died at a hospital after she was sucked partially out of the broken window. Seven other people had minor injuries.

It could have been much worse.

After the landing, Shults came out of the cabin and hugged everyone, telling them, “You all did a great job. You did a very good job,” passenger Amy Serafini said.

Passenger Alfred Tumlinson told CNN affiliate WPVI: “She has nerves of steel. That lady, I applaud her. I’m going to send her a Christmas card, I’m going to tell you that, with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome.”

Rock Island preservationists push to save endangered courthouse


Preservationists will be making a push to save the Rock Island County Courthouse in Springfield on Wednesday, April 25.  That's when the courthouse is likely to be named as one of the state's most endangered buildings.

"The building still has viability," said Linda Anderson, a member of the Rock Island Preservation Society. "It's still sound."

Just across the street from the century-old building, the group is displaying a sign that shows proposed renovations.

"Once it's gone, it's gone," she continued.

Preservationists like Anderson are suggesting that a public-private partnership could save the building during cash-strapped days in the county.

"We think it's such a historic building that it would be a shame to lose it to Rock Island County," she said.

County leaders know all about problems inside the courthouse.  With renovation estimates at some $16-million, it makes a decision on demolition more likely in May.

"I think nobody wants to do this," said Board Member Scott Terry.  "It's one of those things that people recognize, though, as the necessary step, the prudent step we need to take."

But Anderson suggests that a private company could possibly use historic tax credits to finance renovations, then rent it back to the county for offices.

"The building is not a safety hazard at this point," she continued.  "It's not falling down."

But there's no money at all for this in Rock Island County. In addition, funding used to build the new annex isn't eligible for use on courthouse renovations.

"Even if they tear it down, don't waste that space," advised Board Member Don Johnston.  "For $9-10 million, they can build offices for the rest of the county and put it right there."

At this point, Anderson hopes the Springfield event will draw attention to the building with a call for patience.

"As a gateway to the community, I think it's an important building," she concluded.

For more information on the preservation campaign: https://www.facebook.com/Rock-Island-Preservation-Society-RIPS-217315351628737/?ref=br_rs.

Here’s a retailer opening brick-and-mortar stores

(CNN Money) — Everyone has heard about the flood of store closings in recent years. Tuesday there was some news about store openings.

Gap Inc. updated expansion plans for its Old Navy brand, announcing it will to open 60 stores this year. It is also remodeling about 150 other Old Navy stores.

That comes even as it moves ahead with plans announced last year to close underperforming Gap and Banana Republic stores.

“Investing in Old Navy’s retail presence is central to our continued growth,” said Sonia Syngal, CEO of Old Navy.

Despite shoppers’ increasing preference to buy items online, the overwhelming majority of purchases are still made in traditional brick-and-mortar stores, according to government and industry sales figures.

Retailers can fail for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with the customer traffic at a specific property, such as excessive debt load or lack of funds for competitive marketing. Thus when a retailer closes a store, very often it can free up space that can be attractive to another retailer.

Related: 2017 set a record for store closings

Last year, the number of store closings more than tripled to a record 7,000, according to Coresight Research, which tracks closing and opening announcements. But the number of store openings also increased 50%, to 3,400, or about half the number of stores that closed, according to Coresight, which used to go by the name Fung Global Retail & Technology.

That trend of both store closings and openings, with closings still more common, is evident at Gap Inc., which last year opened 118 company-owned stores worldwide, while closing 153. In September, Gap announced plans to close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores over the next three years while at the same time adding 270 Old Navy and Athleta stores. Tuesday’s statement about the Old Navy store openings for 2018 was an update to those plans.

Related: Local toy stores are thriving as Toys ‘R’ Us is dying

The segment of retail with the greatest growth is the low-priced dollar stores, with Dollar General and Dollar Tree leading the way with nearly 2,000 new US stores between them last year.

But it wasn’t just dollar retailers adding stores. TJX, which operates TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, among other brands, added about 260 stores last year and plans to add almost as many this year, according to company filings. Longer term it expects to add another 1,800 stores in coming years.

Tracking one shower chance this week.. Even that chance is small

Another fabulous spring day it turned out to be as temperatures have once again returned in the 70s!  By tonight. we’ll start seeing a few more clouds as a cool by fairly dry front slides on through.  No worse than an isolated sprinkle or two, otherwise we’ll stay dry with overnight lows dropping around the mid 40s.

Passage of the front will lead to bright skies but much cooler temperatures for your Wednesday.  By afternoon, highs will reach between 60 to 65 degrees.

Warmer 60s on Thursday will be cooler on Friday with highs approaching 60 degrees.  That transition is part of another boundary that may have a passing light shower Thursday night.

Afterwards, temperatures will surge again, with lower 70s on Sunday replaced with lower 80s to start the new week.  Next shower chance may not occur until later next week!

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Teacher who showed up drunk loses license for 2 years

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a teacher who showed up drunk at his eastern Iowa classroom has lost his teaching license for two years.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that Brendon Good signed an agreement last month with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. Good received a formal reprimand and must complete at least 15 hours of an ethics course in addition to losing his license.

Good was an industrial tech teacher for the Maquoketa Community School District. An investigation determined that, on Oct. 10, Good was under the influence of alcohol at Maquoketa High School.

Maquoketa Superintendent Chris Hoover said Monday that Good was sent home that day. Hoover says Good resigned after the incident.

Iowa’s Democratic farmers not counting on Trump to protect them in the trade war

With fears increasing over how President Donald Trump’s trade policy will impact them, many rural Iowa farmers are voicing their anger over his lack of solutions and coming up with their own.

Following Gov. Kim Reynolds meeting with Trump to push for protections against tariff retaliations in early April, rural Iowa Democrats convened on a call to demand concrete and thorough solutions for farmers and the agriculture-based economy.

Chris Petersen, a hog farmer and Vice Chair of the Democart’s Rural Caucus, said that GOP leaders need to “quit listening to agribusiness and monopolies—who are taking control of profits—and listen to actual farmers.”

Petersen, who is from Clear Lake, emphasized that he is “proud to be a farmer, [and] proud to be from rural Iowa.”

He spoke for his associates when demanding that Trump specify concrete solutions to the impending trade war he has been beckoning.

“How is he going to make it up to farmers?” asked Petersen. “He needs to be pressured to say how.”

Troy Price, the chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, is from Durant. He joined Petersen in pinning blame on Gov. Reynolds and GOP leaders for not doing enough to stand up to Trump on behalf of farmers and the state’s agriculture economy.

Price said that he would have preferred to see Reynolds protesting what’s happening to rural communities outside the White House instead of praising Trump for his actions from inside.

“This shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Price said. “We should all be speaking with one voice as Iowans about the impact on our state economy. Unfortunately, we are only seeing tepid, empty rhetoric from the GOP.”

Price made sure to emphasize that the point of contention wasn’t limited solely to the issue of tariffs.

“We’ve seen an economic development strategy out of Gov. Reynolds’ office that prioritizes large, out-of-state corporations, leaving small business owners like my parents behind.”

Coming from a small town like Durant, Price spoke firsthand of the struggles he has seen his community face under Republican leadership over the last several years.

“Rural communities have been hurting for years. We’ve seen cuts to our schools, which are like community centers in small towns,” he said. “We’ve seen the privatizing of Medicaid, putting healthcare at risk for hundreds of thousands of Iowans and having a severe adverse effect on rural hospitals and clinics across Iowa.”

Bryce Smith, a small business owner from Dallas County, said his income is directly impacted by the amount of money that farmers have left to spend.

Smith cited Trump’s neglect of Iowa’s renewable fuels and biofuels industries to back up his opinion that the “administration takes for granted Americans who supported [him]…thinking that it would positively impact their lives. The EPA changed everything, leaving farmers and the fuel industry behind. It’s disrespect for rural Iowans who make a living off agriculture.”

Worst of all, Smith said, is that the trade war could be prevented. “Instead, they hope it will be swept under the rug and that everyone will forget by fall elections. Well, we won’t.”

Smith made it clear that farmers and small businesses would stand up for themselves and outline solutions to protect and revive the rural economy where he sees Trump and Reynolds failing to do so.

“I think one of the main reasons that farmers are concerned over the trade is that no one is really sure that there is a plan. No one is really sure what is going to be gained in the end,” said Tim Gannon, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of Agriculture.

Gannon pointed out that Trump had pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) shortly after being elected, but recently reconsidered it in early April, followed almost immediately by a return to attacking it as a bad deal for the U.S.

Trump’s stance on NAFTA is even more uncertain for the agriculture economy.

“Mexico—our largest partner for corn and pork exports—has started looking elsewhere. Once you lose that market share, you don’t know if you’ll get it back,” said Gannon.

“I think we’ve seen that the administration is pretty good at breaking things -- it’s yet to be determined whether they’re able to put things back together in a way that is beneficial for everyone.”

Gannon posited a few solutions if prices go low and stay low through harvest, meaning many farmers will end up with indemnity payments on their policies:

“I think what’s going to be important is how we develop new markets for us to sell our products, and one of the tools the USDA is a commodity credit corporation,” said Gannon. “We need to do more research to create a value-added agriculture industry, the way we helped create the biofuel industry.”

“We need to invest in Iowa State University rather than implement mid-year cuts,” said Gannon. “We need to create jobs and industries to put more money in farmers pockets.”

13 semis join forces to help save suicidal man on Detroit freeway

OAK PARK, Mich. – A line of truckers along with the Michigan State Police helped a man who was considering suicide on a highway overpass.

Police received a call about a man on a bridge over I-696 early Tuesday morning around 1 a.m., according to WJBK,

This photo does show the work troopers and local officers do to serve the public. But also in that photo is a man struggling with the decision to take his own life. Please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. pic.twitter.com/RBAlCIXT1o

— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) April 24, 2018

Michigan State Police troopers blocked all lanes of traffic, then waved through several semi-truck drivers and asked them to park under the overpass on both the westbound and eastbound sides of the interstate.

In total, 13 semi trucks parked under the overpass to shorten the distance the man would fall if he jumped, WJBK reports.

Negotiators spoke with the man for several hours, and thankfully he did not jump off the bridge. He walked off the overpass, and Huntington Woods officers took him to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy or 911. There are so many people that can help you make the choice to get help and live! It is our hope to never see another photo like this again. pic.twitter.com/cDfm1CK1BZ

— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) April 24, 2018

Important note: If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call a loved one, member of the clergy or 911.

Accused murderer’s grandmother: ‘He’s a sick boy’

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) — The grandmother of Travis Reinking, charged in Sunday’s deadly Waffle House massacre, said the man the nation has seen is not the grandson she knows.

“It’s not him. He is a sick boy,” said Marilyn Hopper.

Hopper is among the family members listen in arrest records who spoke with police in Illinois, starting in 2016, growing ever concerned about Reinking’s behavior.

After Sunday’s shootings that killed four people and wounded four others, Hopper said she’s devastated.

“My heart goes out to those people who have loved ones they’ve lost. I’ve lost two children myself and I know what that feels like. My heart really does go out to them. But you know, we have a side too,” Hopper said by phone.

It’s a side that’s growing ever complicated.

On May 27, 2016, Hopper joined Reinking’s parents, Jeff and Judith Reinking, in expressing their concern to police that Reinking believed Taylor Swift was harassing and stalking him.

In the police report, Hopper and Reinking’s parents warned police that he had access to firearms at his residence.

And in June 2017, Jeff Reinking told police that he took three rifles and a handgun away from his son after his son experienced “problems.”

Yet police believe Jeff Reinking ultimately gave weapons back to his son.

When Reinking was stopped trying to enter the White House in July 2017, Illinois state investigators took away four of his weapons.

Police believe his father gave them back, after promising to keep them away from Reinking.

ATF agent Marcus Watson said Jeff Reinking could be charged.

“It is possible. If you transfer weapons to a person knowingly who is prohibited, it could potentially be a violation of federal law,” Watson said.

The News4 I-Team repeatedly tried to reach Jeff Reinking today by phone without success.

With her grandson now charged in the nation’s latest deadly shooting, all Hopper can do is offer her remorse.

“I’m just so sorry for those people and their loss and my heart goes out to them,” Hopper said.

NRA supporters are blowing up their expensive Yeti coolers

The NRA’s charitable arm is calling the maker of a premium brand of cooler “unsportsmanlike” after the manufacturer ended a discount program. That’s per a letter from NRA Foundation lobbyist Marion Hammer, who was the NRA’s first female president and says Yeti “should be ashamed,” USA Today reports.

In a statement, Yeti took issue with the NRA’s characterization, saying Hammer’s letter is “inaccurate” and that it’s simply halting some “outdated discounting programs” and setting up an “alternate customization program.”

Yeti—which sells coolers that can go for up to $1,300 and is the latest company to modify its relationship with the NRA after the Parkland shooting, per the Hill—added it’s “unwavering in our belief in and commitment to the Constitution of the United States and its Second Amendment,” the Austin American-Statesman reports.

No matter the details, gun owners are railing against Yeti and saying they’ve “shot themselves in the foot.”

One prominent detractor who now supports a boycott: Chris Loesch, husband of NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. “Do you not understand who your base is?,” Chris Loesch tweeted. “Will never buy or use any of your products again and we had a bunch.”

Some are even taking to destroying their Yeti products—including by blowing them upshooting them with rifles, and crushing them in vises—using #YetiCoolerChallenge.

Not everyone agrees this is the most sensible reaction.

“Let me get this straight: #yeticoolerchallenge = fill $500 cooler with $20 of tannerite. Blow up cooler. Outcome: @Yeti keeps $500, @NRA foundation receives no benefit, and you are left with no cooler and a huge mess to clean up … seems reasonable,” one observer sarcastically notes.

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IDOT, Illinois State Police launch weeklong distracted driving crackdown

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois(Illinois News Network) — Put down the phone while driving.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are promoting Distracted Driving Awareness Week in Illinois.

That means drivers will see a lot more police officers out on the roads, looking to make sure that they are paying attention behind the wheel.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is spending $500,000 to help local police departments across the state enforce distracted driving laws. IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said that may be the only way to get people to focus on driving.

“People understand that it is a problem, but they don’t practice it,” Blankehorn told reporters at the Illinois Capitol on Monday. “As I see people eating a cheeseburger, talking on the phone, texting. It is a death waiting to happen.”

Illinois lawmakers are pushing a few resolutions this week, and at least one new law that would end the practice of giving people a warning on their first distracted driving offense.

Beth Moser with AAA Chicago said her group is also working with new drivers to make sure they avoid as many distractions as they can.

“In our work with teen drivers in the schools, we focus on being a safe and good passenger,” Moser said. “Because for teens, the biggest distraction is that passenger – that other teen sitting next to them.”

Illinois has laws that dictate how many passengers teens can have in the car at the same time. Just like the state has laws that prohibit holding a phone while driving and texting while driving.

But Moser said there’s no appetite to ban passengers for eating or listening to music while driving.

U.S. Dept. of Labor says Sterling nonprofit exploited 250 workers with disabilities

STERLING, Illinois --  The U.S. Department of Labor is forcing a Sterling nonprofit of exploiting nearly 250 workers, violating labor laws and occasionally paying workers with gift cards instead of wages.

Self-Help Enterprises Inc., which employs people with developmental disabilities, is being forced to pay back wages to workers from the last two years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Self Help Enterprises, a nonprofit recycling, packaging and pallet manufacturer, has a Section 14(c) certificate, which allows them to pay workers under the federal minimum wage, based on productivity.

However, the Department's Wage and Hour Division found the nonprofit in violation of their certificate.  Under Section 14(c) Self Help Enterprises was required to perform appropriate wage surveys and conduct proper time studies on the jobs being performed by workers.  An investigation by the department found the nonprofit was not doing these things in a timely fashion.

In addition, a statement from the department revealed that the employer tried to hide information needed for the investigation.  They also hid work that employees were performing.

"On some weekends, Self Help unlawfully paid workers with gift cards instead of wages," read the statement.

Because of these violations, the 14(c) certificate was pulled.  Without the certificate Self Help has to pay all workers at least $7.25 per hour, which is the federal minimum wage. The nonprofit also has to pay back wages to all workers who were paid less than that for the last two years.

Any pending applications for certificate renewal have been denied.

Self Help Enterprises can appeal these determinations to the Work and Hour Division of the Department of Labor.

In response, the Executive Director of Self Help Enterprises, Carla Haubrich, issued the following statement:

"Self Help has been a productive agency serving the developmentally disabled workforce for 54 years. We are proud of the services that we offer and the community, family, that we have created for our workforce. We are obviously disappointed in the decision made by the United States Department of Labor, disagreeing with this outcome, but will take all necessary steps to comply with the decision as we pursue our available options to have the matter duly reviewed. At this point, however, until we can meet with the full Board of Directors, with our attorneys and wage consultant, I will have no further comment." 

Workers at Self Help Enterprises told WQAD News 8 that they will continue to conduct normal business hours.

“The Department of Labor is committed to protecting Americans with disabilities from exploitation in the workplace,” said Ruben Rosalez, Acting Regional Administrator. “When employers violate federal law and obstruct investigators, we take decisive action to protect vulnerable workers, their families, and other employers who play by the rules.”

The labor department is working to help any Self Help workers who may be impacted by the revocation and require additional assistance. If you have questions, you can call the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE.

Video shows man being tasered on flight after allegedly groping, screaming insults at passenger

MIAMI — 28-year-old Jacob Garcia is facing charges of disorderly conduct for allegedly groping a female passenger on an American Airlines flight from Chicago to Miami, according to WGN.

A Miami-Dade police report says the flight crew told officers they tried to move 28-year-old Jacob Garcia of Chicago to another seat, but he continued to be unruly, screaming and insulting the woman and her boyfriend.

Police then asked Garcia to leave Flight 2446, which was waiting to take off from Miami to Chicago, but he refused.

After Garcia was asked to move seats he began screaming at the female passenger and her boyfriend. A passenger on the plane said he said a racial slur to the guards.

“Right before the guy sits down in his seat, he turns to the security guard and shouts at him he said, ‘My people were building civilizations while you monkeys were still swinging from the trees,’” Adisak Pochanayon said. “There was a couple people on the flight who wanted to get up and leave. There was a black gentleman two rows in front who was like, ‘I can't be on this flight with this racist.”

Pochanayon recorded video from the incident. He said after Garcia refused to leave the plane, the pilot announced the whole plane would have to be emptied.

Pochanayon said he believes something just wasn't right with Garcia who showed great physical strength and an ability to be unfazed by the Taser.

Passenger videos show police zapping the man as they struggled to get him off the plane. He kept asking why they were removing him. Passengers can be seen clapping and cheering as Garcia is later escorted through the airport.

Garcia faces disorderly conduct and other charges. Jail records don't list an attorney.

An American Airlines statement says crew members asked the man to get off the plane after he had a "disagreement" with another passenger Sunday night; the man refused to leave and the crew began deplaning passengers. The statement says during that process, a physical altercation broke out between the two passengers.

The plane left an hour late.

Former President George H.W. Bush is alert and talking, but remains in intensive care

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(CNN) — Former President George H.W. Bush is awake, alert and talking after he was admitted to intensive care earlier this week, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

Bush, 93, was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital Sunday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, family spokesman Jim McGrath said, a day after a funeral was held for his wife, Barbara Bush.

According to McGrath, the 41st President has said he is determined to get healthy and get to Maine this summer. On Monday, McGrath said Bush was “responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.”

According to a source close to the former Republican President, Bush was admitted to the hospital with an infection that led to sepsis, which can be life-threatening. He was in critical condition, the source said.

The source added that Bush’s blood pressure kept dropping and a couple of times there was serious concern about whether he was going to come through, but that he had been stabilized.

But with Bush’s age, his health and with this infection, this is very serious, the source explained.

Speaking at a ceremony to welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump offered his prayers for Bush and his family, and wished the 41st President a “speedy recovery.”

Bush revealed several years ago he suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease, which has left him unable to walk, so he gets around either in a wheelchair or a scooter.

The former President’s hospitalization is especially upsetting for his family because it follows so closely on the death of his wife of 73 years last Tuesday. The family had been worried about how he would deal with her death and such an emotional week, according to the source.

“Right after a big loss — certainly like he has had — there is some data that shows that some people can develop problems with immunity and become more susceptible to infections,” CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said. “Infections they otherwise would have been able to fight become more serious.”

The day after his wife’s death, the former President paid tribute to her in a statement.

“I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex relationship about that fact. But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up,” he said, using her nickname.

“We have faith she is in heaven, and we know that life will go on — as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list.”

Reynolds takes ‘first step’ in children’s mental health plan

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued an order to begin establishing a children's mental health service system in the coming years.

Reynolds signed an executive order Monday creating a state board, calling it a "first step." The board will submit recommendations on how Iowa can better serve children in the state's "inadequate" mental health system.

The board will be made up of mental health professionals, state agency representatives, lawmakers and others. Reynolds said it will build on efforts by previous groups. A similar process resulted in bipartisan legislation Reynolds signed last month to expand mental health systems for adults.

Reynolds said initial funding for the children's system might be found within existing funds. She said "at some point" the effort would require additional money. The expanded adult services are expected to cost more than $31 million in the first two years.

Siemens laying off 125 workers in Burlington

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Siemens has announced that it is laying off 125 employees in Burlington as it plans to cease all operations there.

The closures end Siemens' 148-year run as a major employer offering quality wages (average $25 an hour) and benefits in the community.

"This difficult decision was made as part of a necessary global plan to enable Siemens to meet the competitive pressures in the energy market by reducing costs while best serving our customers," said company spokesperson Andrew Gumbiner.

In November, Bloomberg reported Siemens planned to cut 6,900 jobs worldwide, with most of the layoffs coming from its power and gas division.

The job cuts will take place in a two-phase process over the next year.

Siemens says it will help identify opportunities at other companies in the area to provide support to those affected.

The employees will receive a severance package and career counseling services.

The news comes just three months after Siemens laid off 200 employees in Fort Madison.




Rock Island Arsenal launching “Run the Rock” race on Armed Forces Day

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- The Quad Cities is getting another annual race for running enthusiasts this year.

The Rock Island Arsenal is launching a yearly race on its premises on Saturday, May 19th, to honor Armed Forces Day.

Registration for "Run the Rock 5k/10k" costs $35 per adult before May 14th and $10 per child. The fee will incrase by $5 from May 14th through May 17th. All pre-registered participants will receive a custom race t-shirt and finishers medal as well as access to the post-race party.

Click here to register for the race.

Waffle House shooting suspect jailed on murder charges

(CNN) — The gunman accused of killing four people at a Nashville-area Waffle House was arrested Monday after a frantic manhunt, police said.

A tip from the community led to Travis Reinking’s arrest shortly after 1 p.m. in a wooded area near his Nashville apartment, Metro Nashville Police said. He was booked into Metro jail Monday night on four counts of criminal homicide. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The arrest came roughly 35 hours after Reinking unloaded an assault-style rifle on customers and employees at the Antioch restaurant early Sunday morning. All of those killed were under 30. Two others were injured.

The shooting raised questions about Reinking’s previous law enforcement encounters, and whether his father should be charged for giving him guns when he was barred from possessing them.

“Yesterday was a horrible day for the city of Nashville,” Mayor David Briley said in a Monday news conference. “Today is a day where we can start to move on as a community.”

Tragedy and heroism

The shooting set off a cycle of shock, grief and anxiety in the Nashville metropolitan area. Nashville public schools initiated “lock-out” procedures Monday while Reinking was on the loose. Police warned residents to keep their doors locked.

Reinking did not resist when a detective drew a gun on him, Lt. Carlos Lara said. Reinking was carrying a backpack that contained a firearm, ammunition and a flashlight. He declined to give a statement and requested a lawyer, Lara said.

It’s not clear what Reinking did during his time on the run. And the motive for the attack remains a mystery.

Reinking arrived at the Waffle House in Antioch, part of the metro Nashville area, just before 3:20 a.m. Sunday.

He sat in his pickup truck for nearly four minutes “looking at people inside the restaurant,” police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Wearing only a green jacket, the gunman drew an “assault-type rifle” and fatally shot two people outside the Waffle House, police said. He continued his rampage inside the restaurant, killing two more people.

The carnage stopped when a customer monitoring the gunman’s moves from afar jumped into action when he saw an opportunity.

James Shaw Jr. said he seized a moment of opportunity when the gunman had stopped firing. He charged at the shooter and the two tussled for a bit before Shaw managed to wrestle the firearm away. Shaw tossed it over the counter, and the gunman fled, he said.

“I was like ‘I have to go now because if I don’t go now then I’m not going to have have another window of opportunity,” he said.

Shaw denied that he was a hero. He visited two survivors of the attack in the hospital on Monday and started a GoFundMe account to assist victims of the shooting, a spokeswoman for the fundraising platform told CNN.

“Heroes seem kind of like they’re not touchable,” he said. “If I’m looked at as a regular person, if somebody else is in this situation they have that same thing within them that they can project out also.”

What we know about the suspect

Reinking is from Morton, Illinois, and police believe he moved to the Nashville area last fall. He worked in construction but was fired from a job about three weeks ago, police said. Reinking started with another construction company last Monday, but did not show up for work Tuesday.

The 29-year-old has a history of delusions and run-ins with the law.

In May 2016, Reinking told first responders that he believed pop star Taylor Swift was stalking him, according to a police report. Reinking’s family also told police he made comments about killing himself.

Last summer, Reinking was arrested by the Secret Service for trespassing near the White House.

Reinking said he wanted to meet with US President Donald Trump. He told a Secret Service officer at the northeast entrance that he was a “sovereign citizen” who had a “right to inspect the grounds,” according to a Metropolitan Police Department incident report dated July 7, 2017.

He was charged with unlawful entry, but the charges were dismissed after he completed community service. At the FBI’s request, Reinking’s Illinois firearms authorization was revoked, and four weapons — including the AR-15 style rifle used in Sunday’s shooting — were seized.

After the firearms seizure, Reinking was legally prohibited from possessing guns, Matthew Espenshade, an FBI agent located in Nashville, said Monday. Authorities in Tazewell County, Illinois, gave the weapons to Reinking’s father, who police believe later returned them to his son.

His father, Jeffrey Reinking, could potentially face charges for transferring weapons to a person knowingly prohibited from possessing them, ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson said.

Police said that Reinking visited a car dealership in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood last week and somehow obtained a key fob for a 2018 BMW X6 without providing identification. He stole the car and led police on a brief chase, Brentwood Police said.

Using the car’s GPS, officers tracked the car to Reinking’s apartment complex and recovered it. Because they didn’t know the thief’s identity, no one was arrested.

The lives lost

Waffle House employee Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, of nearby Goodlettsville, and customer Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville, were shot outside the restaurant:

Inside, the gunman killed 23-year-old Akilah DaSilva of Antioch and 21-year-old DeEbony Groves of nearby Gallatin.

DaSilva’s cousin said the world lost a talented young man who excelled in computer science and music — a hard worker who never gave up and was quick to learn. ”

“He was a genius. He was super smart. Smarter than me,” Kareem DaSilva said. “He was very impressive.”

YOUR HEALTH: Destroying the heart to improve your life

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – More than five million Americans have heart failure and many of them will also suffer atrial fibrillation.

David Shepherd is one of them.

He is an active guy, so when his job delivering bread got tough, he knew something was wrong.

"Every time I'd come in, I was so exhausted and so winded that I had to sit down in the backroom of these grocery stores for ten or fifteen minutes to catch my breath," he recalled.

David had heart problems for years and now he was in atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Nassir Marrouche used a catheter to destroy areas in the heart that were causing the irregular heartbeats.

Dr. Marrouche's trial for patients like David, with heart failure and A-fib, shows remarkable results after five years.

"We showed that for the first time ever, that catheter ablation for A-fib does improve mortality by almost 50-percent reduction."

The Castle A-F study also showed that hospitalizations dropped 47%.

"Showing such a striking mortality and heart end point benefits was, as you can imagine, great great news for our patients and for us as treating physicians," said Dr. Marrouche.

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION: Atrial fibrillation is an often rapid and irregular heart rate that increases a patient's risk of stroke, heart failure, and other complications related to the heart.   During atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers will beat irregularly and chaotically, out of coordination with the two lower chambers.   Symptoms often include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, general feeling of weakness, reduced ability to exercise, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, and lightheadedness.   Episodes may come and go, or a patient may develop atrial fibrillation that does not go away and requires treatment.   Alone, this condition usually isn`t life-threatening, but it is a serious medical condition that can sometimes require emergency treatment.  (Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atrial-fibrillation/symptoms-causes/syc-20350624)

Dr. Marrouche says this is good news for the health care system, too, as cost of care should drop.

David's just glad it worked.

"I like to bike ride, I like to hike, I like to camp. I like to get out and do things."

Both David and Dr. Marrouche hope this study will help more heart failure patients soon.

Patients in the study had significant heart weakness, an implanted defibrillator, and any type of A-fib.

Dr. Marouche says 30% of heart failure patients get A-fib.   He hopes the study findings will change standard of care for these folks quickly.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Woman faces $500 fine over free apple from Delta flight

ARVADA, Colo. -- A Colorado woman said she's facing a $500 fine from U.S. Customs and Border Protection after she stashed a free apple during her flight home from Paris, according to KDVR.

Crystal Tadlock said that flight attendants were passing out apples in plastic bags, and she took one. She wasn't hungry at the time so she threw the snack in her bag and planned to eat it during the second leg of her trip back to Denver.

Tadlock said when she went through customs, her bag was randomly searched.

She said the customs agent pulled out the apple in the plastic bag with Delta's logo on it.

Tadlock said she had just received the snack from the airline and asked if she could throw it out or eat it. She said the agent told her no, and handed her a $500 fine instead.

"He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said, 'Yeah.' I didn’t really get why he was asking that question, and then he said 'It’s about to get a lot more expensive after I charge you $500,'" Tadlock said.

Tadlock said she's frustrated that an innocent mistake could amount to a large fine and the loss of her Global Entry Status.

Tadlock said Delta shouldn't have passed out apples to customers or at least reminded passengers not to take the fruit off the plane.

She also said she's frustrated that customs would ticket her when the agent clearly saw the snack came from an airline.

"It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit," Tadlock said.

"We encourage our customers to follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection protocols," a Delta spokesman said.

"Privacy policy prohibits CBP from discussing the details of any individuals specific inspection, however all agriculture items must be declared," U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

Tadlock can pay the $500 or fight the charge in court. She said she plans to fight the ticket in front of a judge.