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Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest – Official Rules

Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN, NOR WILL A PURCHASE IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING. 

ALL FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY AND TRUTHFULLY. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE ENTRY FORM AND PROVIDE TRUTHFUL AND PERTINENT INFORMATION MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE CONTEST. DISQUALIFICATION IS IN THE SOLE DISCRETION OF SPONSORS (defined below).

Sponsors will conduct the Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest (“Contest”) in accordance with these Official Rules (“Rules”).  Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules.   The Contest is intended for participation in the United States only and is void where prohibited and outside the Contest Area set forth below.  Do not participate if you are not eligible and located in the United States at the time of entry.

  1.  Eligibility:  Entrants must be legal US residents, at least 18 years old or above, as determined by Sponsors and reside in the Davenport, IA – Moline, IL – Rock Island, IL Designated Market Area as defined by The Nielsen Company (the “Contest Area”). The Contest Area includes 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois.  In Illinois, the counties include Jo Daviess, Carroll, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Knox, Henderson, Warren and Knox. In Iowa, the counties include Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Henry. Employees of WQAD,  Revell Jewelers, (collectively, WQAD and Revell Jewelers will be referred to as “Sponsors”), Tribune Media Company,  promotional agencies and their advertising agencies, employees of other television or radio stations, and members of the immediate families of such persons are not eligible to participate and win.  The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, and any other person residing at the same household whether or not related.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  2. Contest Period: The Contest begins on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. CT and ends Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CT (the “Contest Period”).
  3.  Contest Entry: 

To enter, go to the contest section of WQAD.COM and fill out the form located on the website.

Limit one entry per email address. Entries in excess of this limit are not eligible. All received entries become the property of WQAD and will not be returned.  Entrants will also be given the option to opt in to receiving additional information from the Quad City Regional Auto Show. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple daily entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Detection of said automated entry will lead to such entries being voided in Sponsors’ sole discretion.  Only one registered account per entry.  If multiple accounts are detected for a single entrant, the accounts will be voided and the entries will be disqualified in Sponsors’ sole discretion.  If there is a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address or account used to register or enter online will be deemed to be the registrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.  WQAD reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on entrants obtained through the Contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.  WQAD reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this Contest in connection with the Contest.

  1. Winner Selection: After the close of the Contest Period, a panel of judges from Sponsor will judge the submitted, eligible entries and select one winner. The judges will select the winner based on the following criteria: creativity of potential proposal and communicating details of love story.

Winner must be willing to propose sometime between February 6 – 13, 2018 and allow WQAD to film and air the proposal during their newscasts on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  Winner also must be available to go to Revell Jewelers and select the ring.

Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.

  1. Winner Notifications:  Sponsors will attempt to notify winner by email and/or phone on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Winners must have a valid email address and/or phone number where they can be notified. If a winner: (a) is not in compliance with the Rules, (b) does not respond within 48 hours of initial contact attempt, (c) is unwilling or unable to accept the prize, (d) does not sign and return any required documents or provide required identification to Sponsors by deadlines set by Sponsors, or (e) does not meet the eligibility requirements, Sponsors may elect to either not award the prize at all or award the prize to another winner by randomly selecting another entrant from the remaining pool of eligible entries for that drawing, time permitting. If Sponsors cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winners are verified.
  2.  Prizes: There is one prize. An engagement ring from Revell Jewelers valued at up to $2500. Ring will be selected by winner.  If the ring selected is less than $2500, no credit for additional merchandise will be given to winner.  If the winner selects a ring valued at more than $2500, the winner will be responsible for paying the amount over $2500.  Financing options available.

ARV=$2500

  1.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Only one winner per household. Winners are subject to verification by Sponsors of the winner’s name, age, address, phone number, and Social Security number (where the prize value is equal to or greater than $600.00). Winners will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity prior to participating in the Live Shopping Event, and may be required to provide a completed W-9, per Section 9 below.  Failure to do so will disqualify the winner.  Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by any winner.  Prizes are non-assignable and non-transferrable.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded, but in no event will Sponsors award more prizes than are provided for in these Rules.
  2. Publicity Release: By participating in the Contest, each entrant acknowledges that his/her entry in the Contest constitutes that entrant’s consent to use, publish, reproduce and for all purposes, including publicity, promotion and advertising, in any media (including without limitation, the Internet, television or offline promotions), each winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof, each extending throughout the universe and in perpetuity without further compensation, credit or right of review or approval, except where prohibited by law.

ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY CIRCUMVENT, DISRUPT, OR DAMAGE ORDINARY AND NORMAL OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS OR WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. 

  1. Taxes: The value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state, and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Any person winning over $600.00 in total prizes will receive a 1099 form from Sponsors at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form should be filed with the IRS.  Each winner must provide Sponsors with valid identification, and a valid taxpayer identification number or Social Security number for total prizes valued at $600.00 or more, before any prize will be awarded.  Sponsors will have the right, but not the obligation, to require any winner to complete and submit an IRS form W-9.  Sponsors reserve the right to withhold prizes until the completed W‑9 form is received.
  2. Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest or any portion hereof, or to disqualify any individual implicated in any of the following actions, if for any reason:  (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, (b) the Contest or any website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper processing of entries per these Rules, (c) the Contest becomes corrupted due to interruption in wireless calling devices or wireless service for any reason, or (d) the Contest is otherwise not capable of running as planned.  By entering, entrants represent that they are eligible and agree to be bound by and comply with the Rules and the decisions of any judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest.  Any entrant who attempts to tamper with this Contest in any way or use fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Contest will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate. Sponsor and its advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  Other than the prize received by the winner, no entrant will be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Contest.  Sponsor will have the sole discretion to administer the Contest and interpret and apply the Rules.  This Contest is not intended for gambling.  Neither the failure of Sponsor to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Rules nor the failure, delay or omission by Sponsor in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of Sponsor’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance. If there is any conflict between any term of these Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Contest, the terms of these Rules will govern.
  3. Indemnification/Hold Harmless: In consideration for his or her participation in the Contest, each entrant agrees: (a) to release, discharge, and hold harmless Sponsors, Tribune Media Company, the participating retailers in the Retail Method of entry, and their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from all liability, injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, death or property damage resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the acceptance, delivery, possession, misuse or use of a prize (including any travel or activity related thereto and including participation in the Live Shopping Event), or from participation in and/or entry into or creation of an entry for the Contest and/or the broadcast or exploitation or use of entry or any other Contest-related activity; and (b) that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.
  4. Limitation of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible or liable for: (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering or administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize(s), (b) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in operation or transmission at any website, or wireless calling service, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other conditions, (c) failure of any entry to be received by Sponsors due to technical problems, telephone service problems, human error, or wireless calling service, (d) mechanical, technical, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions, or failures of any kind, including but not limited to failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed transmission of entries, traffic congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, electrical outages, on telephone lines, on the Internet, at any website, or application or lost or unavailable network connections or natural disasters or acts of God or man, which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest, (e) communication line, hardware and/or software failures, malfunction of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines, other communications malfunctions, unavailable network connections, cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless service, (f) damage to any computer (software or hardware) resulting from participation in the Contest, or damage to mobile phone or other PDA device, (g) theft or destruction of, tampering with, unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries and/or entry information, (h) entries that are late, lost, stolen, damaged, illegible, and/or unintelligible (or any combination thereof), or (i) any change of email address, mailing address, telephone number and/or any other contact information provided by entrant.  Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the entry process are the sole responsibility of each entrant and the Sponsors will not issue reimbursement for any expenses.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES. 

  1. Dispute Resolution: By entering the Contest, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All entrants agree, by participation in the Contest, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Illinois.  Illinois law will govern this Contest, without regard Illinois’ choice of law rules.  The courts of Illinois will be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any Rule or activity associated with the Contest.
  2. Official Rules: To request a copy of the Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 by March 15, 2018.  Written copies of these Rules are also available during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at WQAD’s business offices or online at http://www.wqad.com.
  3. Names of Winners: For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to WQAD News 8, located at 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265 or appear in person at that location between normal business hours (Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) after February 14, 2018. Requests must be received by no later than 60 days after the end of the Contest Period.
  4. Rights Reserved: The content, information, data, designs and code associated with the Contest and Contest website are protected by intellectual property and other laws. Any unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property of Sponsors.
  5. Sponsor:
    WQAD, 3003 Park 16th Street, Moline, IL 61265;
    Revell Jewelers, 904 Middle Rd, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest

This Valentine’s Day, Revell Jewelers want to help one lucky viewer “pop the question.”

Just fill out the entry form below and tell us about your love story and how you would propose if we select you as the winner!

A panel of judges will review the entries and one lucky viewer will be selected to receive an engagement ring valued up to $2500 from Revell Jewelers.

The winner must be available and willing to select the ring and propose some time between February 6 – 13, 2018 and allow a WQAD crew to film the proposal!  A news story on the proposal will air on Good Morning Quad Cities on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14th.

Deadline for entry is Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Click here for complete rules.

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Mom left kids in freezing car during 80-minute job interview at hospital, police say

INDIANAPOLIS – Police say a mother left her two young kids alone in a freezing car for more than an hour outside a hospital in Indianapolis, where dangerously cold temperatures have gripped the city.

The 26-year-old mother allegedly left her 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter alone in her car in the parking lot at Community Hospital North while she went for a job interview, according to WXIN.

A police report details how the two kids eventually went to the front desk where they "appeared to be cold with a pale skin tone and (were) slightly shivering. The kids advised they were freezing… and walked in on their own because they were cold and scared."

According to the report, the temperature outside the car was just 5 degrees. Using a laser thermometer, law enforcement measured the temperature inside the car and found it to be just 10 degrees.

"No matter what temperature it is, it’s always a bad idea to leave young children in a car by themselves," said Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine.

Sgt. Perrine and Wayne Township Fire Captain Mike Pruitt locked themselves inside a car last June and live-streamed the ordeal for 40 minutes to illustrate the dangers of hot cars.

Perrine says extreme cold can be just as dangerous.

"Hypothermia sets in instantly. As soon as you get in these cold temperatures, in a matter of minutes your body goes into a hypothermic state and it can be detrimental to anyone, especially a child," said Perrine.

Although the mother claimed she left the car running, the officer at the scene noted the windows were all frosted over and by checking surveillance video the deputy calculated the kids were alone in the car for 1 hour and 19 minutes.

Although arranging child care can be tricky, police say there are always safer options than leaving children alone inside a car at any temperature.

"Take the children inside with you. I know finding a babysitter is not always an option, but take them inside. It’s not always convenient, but safety isn’t always convenient and you have to make sure you do things the safe way," said Perrine.

Ultimately, the mother in this case was not arrested and was able to take her kids home. A report was made with CPS and sent to the child abuse division.

Suspicious Cedar Rapids death of woman now called a homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the suspicious death of an 18-year-old woman in Cedar Rapids is being investigated as a homicide.

The body of AnnaElise Edgeton was found in her apartment late Saturday morning. Concerns were raised after Edgeton missed time from work.

Police say an autopsy shows she was shot to death. No arrests have been reported.

How you can take part in the ‘Valentines for Veterans’ program

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois congresswoman is collecting Valentine’s Day cards for veterans.

This is the fifth year that U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos has invited constituents to send Valentine’s Day greetings to those who have served their country.

Bustos says people may mail or drop off the valentines at one of her offices, located in Peoria, Rock Island and Rockford (addresses below).  All you have to do is drop the Valentine’s Day card in a normal envelope and send it to one of the offices.  No need to put any special “Attn:” or markings, according to a spokesperson from the office.

She says it’s a way to make sure “our veterans know that their sacrifices and service to our country are appreciated and will never be forgotten.”

The deadline to submit valentines is February 9.

Peoria Office 820 SW Adams St. Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: (309) 966-1813

Rock Island Office 2401 4th Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201

Phone: (309) 786-3406
Fax: (309) 786-3720

Rockford Office 119 N. Church St. Suite 207 & 208 Rockford, IL 61101

Phone: (815) 968-8011

Amazon lists Chicago among 20 finalists for its second headquarters

Amazon has released a “short” list of cities it is considering for its second headquarters.

But the list isn’t exactly short. The 20 potential cities include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C.

Last year, Amazon received bids from 238 cities and regions from across 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America. The company said it would make a decision in 2018.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy said in a statement. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Amazon said it evaluated each of the bids based on the criteria it previously outlined, such as proximity to a major airport and ability to attract tech talent.

In the coming months, the company said it will work with each of the locations to “dive deeper” into their proposals, obtain more information and evaluate how the city could accommodate Amazon’s hiring plans and benefit its workers and the local community.

Called HQ2, the new facility will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate, and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Cities made splashy attempts to attract the company’s attention. For example, Tuscon, Arizona sent a giant cactus to CEO Jeff Bezos and Stonecrest, Georgia offered to de-annex some of its land and rename it the city of Amazon.

Meanwhile, Kansas City Mayor Sly James gave five-star reviews to 1,000 random items on Amazon’s website, which tied in the city’s strengths into each post.

Amazon has said the second headquarters would be a “full equal” to its Seattle campus. The tech giant estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an extra $38 billion to the city’s economy.

‘Nobody ever thinks it will happen to them’: 27-year-old woman dies after catching flu

TUSTIN, Calif. – The parents of Katharine Gallagher said she was a healthy, vibrant 27-year-old woman when she suddenly died after contracting the flu and then developing pneumonia last month.

The Southern California woman went to urgent care on a Sunday, and by 6 p.m. the following Tuesday, she was dead.

"Walking down the aisle behind her casket was probably the worst thing that’s ever happened to us," her mother, Liz Gallagher, told KTLA in a tearful interview in Lake Forest on Tuesday.

Katharine Gallagher was 27 when she got the flu and died just days later on Dec. 5, 2017. (Credit: Gallagher family)

The flu season has hit the nation especially hard this season, and in California, the death toll has risen to at least 42 people under the age of 65 — a rising number state health officials say could make it the worst flu season the state's seen in a decade. Gallagher, of Tustin, became one of those dozens of fatal flu cases when she developed severe acute bronchial pneumonia as a complication of the flu and died on Dec. 5, her mother said.

Now her mother wants to warn others, particularly young people who may feel less susceptible to developing serious flu complications, about paying attention to the early signs and getting treatment.

When Gallagher fell ill with the usual flu symptoms — a fever, chills, nausea, aches and pains — she didn't expect it would take such a serious, and ultimately fatal, turn. After going home sick with those symptoms and a backache on a Friday, Gallagher was reluctant to go to the doctor, figuring the virus would pass on its own, her mother said.

Liz Gallagher, whose 27-year-old daughter Katharine died after getting the flu in December 2017, speaks to KTLA about her daughter's death on Jan. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

The following Sunday, she visited urgent care for antibiotics and IV fluids, her mother said. But the virus only got worse.

"The next thing we know, we got a call from her boyfriend ... saying that it was bad and the paramedics were there," she said, her voice quivering with emotion.

"And so after about 10 minutes, he said to me, 'They’ve called it' — worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life."

Katharine Gallagher and her mother, Liz, are seen in an undated photo. Katharine died in December 2017 just days after getting the flu, her mother told KTLA in an interview on Jan. 17, 2018. (Credit: Gallagher family)

Gallagher died just two days after going to urgent care. She did not have the flu shot, and once she got the virus, her mother said she tried to just sleep it off.  Her mother said it's important other people around her daughter's age take the virus seriously.

"Young people just think they’re invincible, and most of them don’t want to pay what it costs now to go to doctors," she said.

"Life is short, and I guess it’s trite to say 'Live every day the best way you can,' but nobody ever thinks it will happen to them."

She was the only child of her parents, Phil and Liz Gallagher, who described the Boston University grad as "very bright, intelligent, bubbly."

‘New California’ movement hopes to create 51st state from rural counties

SAN DIEGO – A group has launched a campaign to divide California into two states.

The New California movment hopes to divide California into two states. — one made up of coastal counties and the other comprising rural counties.

It isn’t the first attempt to split California, but unlike a failed campaign in 2016 to divide California into six states, the campaign to create New California would split the state into one made up of rural counties and another made up of coastal counties.

The movement was founded by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed. Their website claims that the current state government has established a “Tyranny over the Counties of New California.”

“After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the organizers write. “The nature of the State becoming ungovernable has caused a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, prisons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership, infrastructure and many more.”

The New California movement issued a “Declaration of Independence,” dated Jan. 15, 2018, that uses similar language to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The document states that the counties of New California “strive to be free from the State of California, and that as a Free and Independent State, have full power to establish and maintain law and order.”

Government shutdown deadline nears

(CNN) — House Republican leaders are moving toward a vote Thursday to avoid a shutdown, but as a new day dawns in Washington, it’s still unclear if GOP leaders have enough support to keep the government open.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and his lieutenants were up against the clock and their own ranks as they scrambled to lock down votes. If Congress doesn’t send a bill to the President approving more money by midnight on Friday, most federal agencies will be forced to stop operations. GOP leaders can’t count on Democrats who have said they will not support a short-term spending bill that funds the government into mid-February if it does not include a fix for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that expires in March. That left Ryan looking to pass the spending bill with just Republican votes.

But conservatives are still a major question mark.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is one of a small group of conservatives opposed to the short-term funding bill and told reporters Wednesday he didn’t believe GOP leaders had the votes to pass it because of the internal divisions. He didn’t rule out supporting it, saying he spoke to President Donald Trump and met with the chief deputy whip, Rep. Patrick McHenry, a fellow GOP North Carolinian.

Asked about Meadows’ saying he’s a no and others in the Freedom caucus planning to oppose the bill, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California tweaked his GOP colleagues, saying “they want a shutdown? I don’t think they’d want to shut down.”

‘What other choice do I have this week’

While reluctant to pass yet another short-term continuing resolution or “CR” — the fourth in just months — many rank-and-file members seemed mostly resigned Wednesday to the fact that it was the only option, even if they were not happy about it.

“What other choice do I have this week,” asked New Jersey Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur. “I’m certainly not going to vote to shut the government down. That’s irresponsible.”

During a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning, GOP leaders made the pitch that the stopgap bill was the only path to keeping talks going on a broader budget deal and a separate effort to come up with a bipartisan compromise on DACA. Without a unified Republican conference heading into that vote, leaders would be forced to give concessions to Democrats in order to get their support and avoid any shutdown.

“There seemed to be a consensus with the cards that we have that this is the best way to play it,” North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Walker said after the meeting. He called the latest short term bill “a proverbial crap sandwich,” but said at this juncture he supported it.

As the afternoon wore on and leaders surveyed GOP lawmakers, one member of the Republican Whip team told CNN that things were going in the right direction.

Republicans added sweeteners to the bill, hoping to make it tough for Democrats to oppose it. They tacked on a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a popular program that some states say is close to running out of money. They also delayed some taxes from the Affordable Care Act — one on medical devices and another on high-cost, so-called “Cadillac” insurance plans, items they believe it would be tough for those Democrats in swing districts to vote against.

Ryan also emphasized that the standoff over immigration is preventing a longer-term funding deal for the Pentagon.

“Funding for modernizing the Army has been cut in half in just the past eight years. Navy sailors are putting in 100-hour work weeks, and less than half of their aircraft are capable of flying. The number of fatal accidents or those resulting in the loss of aircraft for the Marines has doubled over the last decade,” Ryan said, adding, “it’s baffling to me that Democrats would be willing to block funding for a military over unrelated issues.”

House Democratic leaders are urging their members to oppose the measure because it fails to address DACA, according to Democratic sources.

House Republicans aren’t unified

But Ryan still had work to do with the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Ohio GOP Rep. Warren Davidson, a member of the Freedom Caucus, told reporters he’s undecided on how he’ll vote. But he blasted Democrats for their position, saying, “they’re picking 800,000 people who brought them here illegally versus our troops and that is very frustrating so we have wanted to have this money to our troops since October 1, meanwhile our troops aren’t getting this money.”

GOP leaders have consistently argued House Democrats would be responsible for a shutdown if the measure fails on the House floor, and Meadows conceded that it would be easier to blame Democrats for a shutdown if the House clears the bill but it fails in the Senate (Democrats are quick to point out that Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the Executive Branch).

Pressed what he and other conservatives are asking leaders for, Meadows said they are pressing for more details on the big picture plan going forward. “At what point are we going to have a plan on where we land or are we just going to hope that February 16 is better than January 19 because it’s in a different month?”

In the Senate

In the Senate, it was still unclear exactly how Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would manage to get the votes. McConnell, unlike, Ryan needs Democrats. And many Democrats were keeping their powder dry as to how they would vote, waiting on the House to lay their cards on the table and prove they had the GOP votes on their own to pass the continuing resolution.

Senate Democrats are also caught in a tough spot. A handful are running for re-election in states where Trump handily won in 2016. Red state Democrats don’t want to run the risk of being labeled as responsible for a shutdown.

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

But others are under pressure from their liberal base who mobilized when lawmakers voted for a short-term spending bill last time around.

Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, said he had doubts about voting for another short-term CR while Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, remained vague about what his plans were.

“I would hope we’d have something everybody has agreed to,” Leahy said. “I would hope the President and Republican leaders wouldn’t want to humiliate themselves by not going forward with what we agreed to.”

Others are just tired of the whole exercise: Congress using short-term spending bills to kick the can down the road only to return to do it again a month later.

“I’m just tired of voting for CRs,” said Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine.

QC Red Kettle Campaign falls short

The Red Kettle campaign from 2017 did not reach their goal, but you can still help.

The Quad Cities Salvation Army reported collecting about $650,000 of their $825,000 goal.

It's not too late to make a donation to help reach the goal.
You can mail a check to: The Salvation Army, 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803, you can also give on the website, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Mother praised for making 5-year-old ‘pay rent’

ATLANTA – A mother’s method of teaching her young daughter the importance of money is earning high praise on social media.

“I make my 5 year old pay rent,” the post on Essence Evans’ Facebook page reads. Evans says she gives her daughter $7 as allowance, but, just like in the real world, only a portion will go to the things her daughter really wants.

“I make her give me $5 dollars back,” wrote Evans, a mother of one from Atlanta, according to Yahoo. “$1 for rent $1 for water $1 for electricity $1 for cable and $1 for food.”

The remaining two dollars are her daughter’s to spend as she wants. But where are the other $5 going?

“Now, what she doesn’t know is the $5 is actually going away in her savings account which I will give back to her when she turns 18,” Evans wrote. “So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off.”

Evans urged people to share her lesson in finances with other mothers, adding, “when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount.”

Evans’ advice has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and has thousands of comments, largely positive.

“Thank God for the wisdom He gave you to do this at an early age,” Lorrie Pope-Wiggins wrote. “We always want better for our kids, but they also need to know that life is real, and nothing is handed out.”

“You are brilliant for teaching this to your child in this way!!” Melissa Thomas commented. “I have done similar with my kids, and I am now the proud parent of 2 young ladies who know and respect what they can earn more than something given to them.”

Why you should check your sprinklers during freezing weather

HOUSTON – Officials are asking residents to make sure their sprinklers don’t automatically turn on like they did for one Texas home, turning the front yard into an icicle-laden scene out of the movie Frozen.

The sprinklers were apparently on long enough to noWyt only coat the trees and front lawn, but also to create a dangerous patch of ice on the road.

"We are forecast for another hard freeze tonight," the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management tweeted Wednesday. "Please make sure your sprinkler system is turned off."

With the temperatures expected to fall into the teens and low 20s overnight, the National Weather Service issued a hard freeze warning and reminded residents to take care of the four Ps – people, pets, pipes, and plants.

Sprinklers that were left on last night were a large source of road ice. We are forecast for another hard #freeze tonight. Please make sure your sprinkler system is turned off. #WinterWX #SevereWX pic.twitter.com/5cY4ftiqvz

— Harris County OHSEM (@ReadyHarris) January 17, 2018

How cold is it? Cold enough for Texans, that's for sure.

Ranger Dan shows fellow park rangers a quick science experiment on flash freezing in 12 degree weather at Fairfield Lake SP. pic.twitter.com/nwYPesrhQV

— Texas State Parks (@TPWDparks) January 17, 2018

Another hard freeze warning is in effect from 9 PM tonight through 9 AM Thursday. Remember the 4 P's: People, pets, pipes, and plants! #bcswx #houwx #glswx #txwx pic.twitter.com/X5yn8JY6fw

— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 17, 2018

Obama welcomed Trump to Washington a year ago, they haven’t spoken since

(CNN) — A year since they last met, President Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama haven’t spoken, the first time in decades two successive presidents have avoided communicating in the 12 months after handing off power.

Ties between presidents — if not always friendly — are usually at least existent. That Trump and Obama have avoided each other speaks to the unprecedented nature of the current White House, and the lingering animosity between two men who openly sparred during 2016’s presidential campaign.

Trump hasn’t shied away from blasting decisions Obama made during his tenure, and has steadily chipped away at key pieces of Obama’s legacy like the Paris climate accord and the Affordable Care Act. He’s also launched personal attacks, falsely claiming that Obama ordered the phones tapped at Trump Tower or that Obama failed to call family members of slain US servicemen.

Obama, meanwhile, has reserved his criticism of Trump for policy matters. On the rare occasions he’s spoken publicly over the past year, he’s made only veiled references to the current Oval Office occupant.

The last time they spoke, Trump and Obama were standing on the East Front of the US Capitol as an idling military helicopter stood nearby. Moments after Trump was inaugurated, Obama appeared loose and smiling, his post-presidency life about to begin.

Behind at the White House, tucked into a drawer in the Oval Office, was the traditional note left by a president to his successor.

“Congratulations on a remarkable run,” Obama wrote. “Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.”

Trump was touched by the note, and tried to arrange a phone call with Obama, people familiar with the situation have said. But Obama was flying cross-country to Palm Springs and Trump couldn’t get through. When one of Obama’s aides reached back out to the White House to return the call, the new President’s staffers said Trump just wanted to say thank you for the note — and wanted Obama to get the message. The men never connected directly.

Since then, there have been no conversations or meetings between the two men — breaking a long line of first-year chats or sit-downs between incoming and outgoing presidents. Usually presidents rely on their predecessors for advice and counsel, even if their relationships are fraught with political differences or lingering electoral animosity. Sometimes they rely on them to carry out diplomatic functions in their stead.

Obama spoke on the phone with George W. Bush on February 27, 2009, to discuss his decision to withdraw some troops from Iraq. Bush encountered Bill Clinton on June 1, 2001, at a funeral in Boston. Clinton spoke with George H.W. Bush on September 15, 1993, at a White House ceremony for NAFTA. Bush Sr. spoke with Ronald Reagan — under whom he served as vice president — on April 26, 1989, during a meeting in Los Angeles.

Reagan spoke with Jimmy Carter on October 8, 1981, at the White House to discuss attending the funeral of slain Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat. Carter spoke with Gerald Ford on September 7, 1977, during a meeting at the White House. Ford spoke with Richard Nixon on November 1, 1974, at a hospital in Long Beach, California. And Nixon spoke with Lyndon B. Johnson at least twice before June 19, 1969, when Nixon said as much during a news conference.

52 killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

(CNN) — Fifty-two people were killed in a passenger bus fire on Thursday in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.

Five others escaped the blazing bus in the region of Aktobe and are receiving medical treatment, said emergency official Ruslan Imankulov. All people on the bus are accounted for.

Images from the AFP news agency show the vehicle up in flames and then later gutted and charred on a road by fields covered in snow.

Police, rescuers, doctors and psychologists are working at the site, Imankulov said.

The nationalities of the passengers and the cause of the accident is unknown.

We Need YOUR QUESTIONS for Davenport Schools Superintendent, Dr. Art Tate

DAVENPORT - On Thursday, February 1st, Good Morning Quad Cities is having "Breakfast With..." Dr. Art Tate, Superintendent of the Davenport Community School District.

Our conversation is set to take place a few days before Dr. Tate is scheduled to appear in front of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for a hearing. He is being investigated for illegally dipping into the school district's reserve funds.

We also plan to answer any of your questions for Dr. Tate and/or the Davenport Community School District. If you have any questions/comments for Dr. Tate, fill out the form below:

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This Breakfast With... comes after a tour of the new National Weather Service building in Davenport, our conversation with the Interim CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and Moline's Planning and Development Director, Ray Forsythe.

To see all our "Breakfast With..." conversations, click here.

Gage’ing His Impact

Gage Williams, the heart beat of the Kewanee Boilermakers. See how he has been inspiring his team with a shot of a lifetime. The young man that has cheered on his teammates, is finally the one getting cheered for.

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