House Republicans want to give states $1 billion for people on food stamps to get jobs

$1 billion a year for job training sure sounds like a lot of money. That’s how much Congressional Republicans want to give states to help food stamp recipients find work. It’s a huge increase over the $90 million in federal funding that currently flows to state training programs for those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as food stamps is formally known.

The investment — part of the House 2018 farm bill — is historic, say GOP lawmakers.

“The farm bill also keeps faith with [the most vulnerable] families by not only maintaining SNAP benefits, but by offering SNAP beneficiaries a springboard out of poverty to a good paying job and opportunity for a better way of life for themselves and their families,” House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, a Republican from Texas, said when he introduced the legislation earlier this month.

Consumer advocates and workforce development experts, however, counter that the funding is nowhere near enough to cover training for all the food stamp recipients who would be newly subject to work requirements under the farm bill, which is working its way through the House. They argue that states would not be able to set up quality programs that would prepare all these low-income Americans for good jobs and self-sufficient lives, which is the GOP’s stated mission.

Currently, able-bodied adults ages 18 to 49 who don’t have minor children must work or enroll in a training program for 20 hours a week to receive benefits for more than three months every three years. About 3.5 million of the roughly 41 million people who receive food stamps are subject to this provision.

The farm bill would broaden the number of people who have to work. It would require those in their 50s to have jobs or enroll in training and it would extend the mandate to parents with school-age children, starting in fiscal 2021. (Most working-age adults who are not disabled or pregnant must currently register for work, accept a job if offered or maintain their current position if they are employed.) This could double the number of people subject to work requirements, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Related: House GOP bill would lock the poor out of food stamps if they don’t work

The legislation would also pump more money into training. Currently, every state is required to run an employment and training program, known as E&T, to help food stamprecipients search or prepare for jobs. The federal government now provides $90 million, allocated through a grant process, for these programs, but additional funding is available for states that provide extra services. The programs vary widely, with some states simply offering assistance in job hunting and others providing intensive employment training.

Under the bill, which faces a difficult path ahead in Congress, states would get $1 billion for training, but would have to guarantee a slot in their E&T programs for every recipient affected by the work mandate. This could nearly quadruple the total number of people enrolled in state training programs to 750,000 a month, according to a House Agriculture Committee aide.

The bill would triple the amount invested in each recipient, the aide said, noting this level of funding has never been authorized before.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” the aide said. “The status quo isn’t working. This is a significant and historic investment to provide folks with opportunities.”

Related: Trump signs executive order pushing work requirements for the poor

Still, states would need even more money to offer meaningful training, advocates say.

The farm bill’s funding amounts to just $30 per person per month, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. That’s only enough to pay for services, such as a self-administered employment assessment or the use of computers and copiers at a job center, for example.

“You can do just about nothing for $30,” said LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for family income support policy at the center.

By contrast, the work programs for another federal safety net initiative, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, spends $414 per person per month in the typical state. And more intensive training efforts that have proven effective at raising people’s incomes and putting them on a career path can cost between $8,300 and $14,000 per person. Some, for instance, prepare participants for specific fields, such as IT or health care, while others may concentrate on teaching skills such as time management, conflict resolution and goal setting.

“They focus on building skills and creating a set of support services around a person to get them to succeed,” Pavetti said.

Related: Republicans’ new welfare reform focus: Low-income men

Also, most states are not equipped to ramp up their E&T programs to such a level, even though the farm bill gives them two years to do so, said Kermit Kabela, federal policy director at the National Skills Coalition, which focuses on workforce development. And if states stumble, some low-income Americans may not be able to meet their work requirements and could lose a vital federal safety net.

“It’s not the worst idea that ever came out, but if you think about how this would actually play out on the ground, it raises a lot of questions,” Kabela said. “You can’t magically create good training programs overnight.”

Body camera captures wild turkey leading police on chase

CLEVELAND -- Police body camera video shows an unusual standoff and chase last month in the parking lot of a Cleveland shopping center.

Police got a call about a wild turkey at the center and were told kids had thrown rocks at it and tried to run over it with bikes, according to WJW.

But the video shows officers had trouble taking this wanted subject into custody. They call the turkey, walk up to it, run after it, and watch it flutter above their heads. Always, the bird stays a step ahead.

Video shows citizens with blankets and some folks with North Coast Emergency Services trying to help Officer Dave Morova and Sgt. Janell Rutherford.

At one point, a police supervisor calls for an expert, asking a dispatcher to call for a state wildlife officer. Oddly, the dispatcher comes back on the radio and says, “Wildlife is not allowed to touch the turkey.”

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it never got a call for the bird. The state says a wildlife officer could have offered some advice. Or a wildlife officer could have gone out to the scene if the turkey had been critically hurt, or if there had been a public health threat.

Finally, it looks as if the bird has beaten the police. An officer can be heard saying, "The turkey's got the best of us."

But, eventually, a photo shows the turkey wrapped in a blanket in the arms of a citizen. A man took the turkey to a farm in Lorain County.


Federal appeals Court: Trump administration can’t block funds for sanctuary cities

CHICAGO — The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago agreed with the decision last year of a lower court judge who imposed a temporary injunction on the administration. The decision says the administration exceeded its authority in establishing a new condition for cities to qualify for the grants.

“The Attorney General in this case used the sword of federal funding to conscript state and local authorities to aid in federal civil immigration enforcement,” Judge Ilana Rovner wrote. “But the power of the purse rests with Congress, which authorized the federal funds at issue and did not impose any immigration enforcement condition on the receipt of such funds.”

The ruling is the latest blow in a battle between “sanctuary cities” that decline to cooperate with federal immigration agents, and a Trump administration determined to crackdown on illegal immigration.

The administration in July imposed a condition that cities receiving public safety grants must agree to inform federal agents when immigrants in the country illegally are about to be released from police detention. Chicago was among several cities that sued.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber last September granted Chicago’s request for a temporary nationwide injunction. All three judges agreed Thursday with Leinenweber, meaning the nationwide injunction will remain in force. But one judge issued a partial dissent, saying that the ruling should apply to Chicago only.

All three of the judges on the panel were appointed by Republican presidents.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel claimed victory over the Trump administration. He added that the fight with the administration isn’t over, noting the funds haven’t been distributed.

“From day one when we said we are not going to allow the Trump Justice Department to bully or intimidate the city of Chicago off of its values,” he said. “This is our second opinion that reaffirms that Chicago is right.”

Judge Rovner says in her opinion that Chicago does not interfere with the federal government’s lawful enforcement of immigration laws and pursuit of its civil immigration activities, and presence in such localities will not immunize anyone to the reach of the federal government.”

The battle is over the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program established in 2006 to provide federal money to cities to buy public-safety equipment, including police cars.

“The founders of our country well understood that the concentration of power threatens individual liberty and established a bulwark against such tyranny by creating a separation of powers among the branches of government,” Rovner wrote. “If the Executive Branch can determine policy, and then use the power of the purse to mandate compliance with that policy by the state and local governments, all without the authorization or even acquiescence of elected legislators, that check against tyranny is forsaken.”

In a statement, Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said officials believe the department exercises its authority properly.

“We will continue to fight to carry out the Department’s commitment to the rule of law, protecting public safety, and keeping criminal aliens off the streets to further perpetrate crimes,” he said.

Aside from Chicago, a number of other cities from California to Massachusetts have established policies to protect immigrants since Trump won the 2016 election.

Illinois lawmakers want to replace armed school officers with therapists

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Some Illinois lawmakers want to give extra money to schools that replace armed security officers with unarmed social workers and behavior therapists, an approach to safety that’s far different than a national push to add police or arm teachers following a mass shooting at a Florida high school. Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, a Hillside Democrat, said he proposed the plan after hearing from advocates who argue that investing in mental health resources is the best way of treating the epidemic of violence.

His plan, which is backed by 16 other Democrats in the House, would allow schools to apply to an optional grant if they promise to reallocate funding for school-based law enforcement to mental health services, including social workers or other practices “designed to promote school safety and healthy environments.”

But the measure could be a tough sell, especially amid a widespread effort to employ more of what’s known as school resource officers — fully armed law enforcement officers often paid for by schools.

As of early April, 200 bills or resolutions have been introduced in 39 states regarding school safety, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. More than half of these measures were introduced following the events in Parkland, Florida. Thirty-four bills in 19 states address regulations and training for school resource officers.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions proposed a school safety plan in March that included a measure prioritizing grants to states that agree to use the money to put more law enforcement in schools.

Michelle Mbekani-Wiley, from the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law, said this approach is wrongheaded and that police are unequipped to recognize or respond to mental health issues. She adds that many minority students within the Chicago Public School system are arrested by school resource officers for non-serious offenses, which could jeopardize their chances of applying to jobs and colleges in the future.

“This increased presence of law enforcement in schools does not necessarily enhance school safety,” said Michelle Mbekani-Wiley from the Sargent Shriver Center for Poverty Law. “Instead it dramatically increases the likelihood that students will be unnecessarily swept into the criminal justice system often for mere adolescent or disruptive behavior.”

However, advocates for school resource officers argue their role is essential to keep students safe, especially in the event of a school shooting.

After Parkland, Deputy Kip Heinle, former president of the Illinois School Resource Officers Association, said he was “fielding two to three phone calls a day” from school districts asking how they can add more patrolling officers. While there’s no official count on how many school resource officers are employed in Illinois, he puts the estimate at around 500.

Heinle, who works as a school resource officer in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis, says he believes that the officers are “the best line of defense to keep students safe in school.”

He adds that, beyond preserving law and order in schools, he adds that many officers also act like a mentor and an informal counselor to many of their students, with the goal of “shaping them to be successful adults someday.”

School resource officers are not required to be trained in Illinois, but they can pay to take part in an optional annual training session each summer in Bloomington. Around 85 to 100 officers from around the state typically attend, said Heinle. No Chicago Public School officers have ever attended, he added.

The 15 highest paying jobs that don’t require an advanced degree

Increased educational attainment certainly has its perks in the workplace. In the U.S., advanced-degree holders tend to command higher salaries and enjoy lower unemployment rates than those with less education, according to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In 2017, for example, full-time employees with an advanced degree (master’s, professional, or doctoral) earned 25% more than those with only a bachelor’s degree, and 106% more than those with just a high school diploma. Similarly, employees who stopped their formal education after high school had a 4.6% unemployment rate in 2017, compared with 2.5% for bachelor’s degree-holders and 2.0% for advanced-degree holders over the same time period.

That said, investing in education beyond college doesn’t necessarily guarantee these benefits for every individual. In part, this is because the return on investment for advanced degrees varies widely by occupation. At the upper end of the spectrum, those who pursue careers in medicine (e.g. physicians, surgeons, and orthodontists) often bring in over $200,000 per year. On the other hand, the median annual wage for mental health counselors — an occupation requiring both a master’s degree and extensive internship experience — was just $42,840 in 2016.

With this in mind, researchers at Credit Sesame wanted to see which occupations not requiring advanced degrees have the highest wages. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Credit Sesame found that there are many bachelor’s degree-level jobs that pay far above the approximate $76,000 average for advanced-degree holders. Here are the highest paying jobs that don’t require an advanced degree.


For each occupation, data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections Report, accessed on March 28, 2018. The data included is for 2016, the most recent available. “10-year projected employment growth” is for 2016-2026. “Typical prior work experience” is defined by the BLS as “work experience that is commonly considered necessary by employers, or is a commonly accepted substitute for other, more formal types of training or education.” The final list only includes occupations in which the “typical education needed for entry” is a bachelor’s degree or lower. Occupations requiring master’s, doctoral, or professional degrees are not included. Occupations are ordered by median annual wage.

Aggregate earnings and unemployment statistics by educational attainment were computed using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey, accessed on March 28, 2018. The data included is for people age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers only. Median annual earnings referenced in the article and shown in the graph Earnings by Educational Attainment for Full-time Employees were calculated by multiplying median weekly earnings by 52 weeks per year.

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15. Public relations and fundraising managers
  • Median annual wage: $107,320
  • Total employment: 73,500
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 10.4%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

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14. Aerospace engineers
  • Median annual wage: $109,650
  • Total employment: 69,600
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 6.1%
  • Typical prior work experience: None
  • Job description: Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

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13. Purchasing managers
  • Median annual wage: $111,590
  • Total employment: 73,900
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 5.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

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12. Computer hardware engineers
  • Median annual wage: $115,080
  • Total employment: 73,600
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 5.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: None
  • Job description: Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

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11. Compensation and benefits managers
  • Median annual wage: $116,240
  • Total employment: 15,800
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 5.0%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate compensation and benefits activities of an organization.

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10. Sales managers
  • Median annual wage: $117,960
  • Total employment: 385,500
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 7.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: Less than 5 years
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.

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9. Natural sciences managers
  • Median annual wage: $119,850
  • Total employment: 56,700
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 9.9%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

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8. Financial managers
  • Median annual wage: $121,750
  • Total employment: 580,400
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 18.7%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

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7. Air traffic controllers
  • Median annual wage: $122,410
  • Total employment: 24,900
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 3.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: None
  • Job description: Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers according to established procedures and policies. Authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

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6. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers
  • Median annual wage: $127,820
  • Total employment: 84,000
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 3.4%
  • Typical prior work experience: Less than 5 years
  • Job description: Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

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5. Petroleum engineers
  • Median annual wage: $128,230
  • Total employment: 33,700
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 15.2%
  • Typical prior work experience: None
  • Job description: Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.

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4. Marketing managers
  • Median annual wage: $131,180
  • Total employment: 218,300
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 10.1%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm’s profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm’s customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

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3. Architectural and engineering managers
  • Median annual wage: $134,730
  • Total employment: 180,100
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 5.5%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

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2. Computer and information systems managers
  • Median annual wage: $135,800
  • Total employment: 367,600
  • 10-year projected employment growth: 12.0%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

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1. Chief executives
  • Median annual wage: $181,210
  • Total employment: 308,900
  • 10-year projected employment growth: -3.9%
  • Typical prior work experience: 5 years or more
  • Job description: Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Spring-like weather is finally here to stay!

Happy Friday! We’re in for a nice treat this afternoon! Highs will top out around 60 with plenty of sunshine. Cloud cover will increase tonight, but that will help to keep our temperatures in the upper 30s.

That cloud cover will stick around for Saturday, and we’ll cool off into the upper 50s. However, most of the cloud cover will break up by Sunday, and we’ll warm up into the mid 60s.

The upper 60s are likely for Monday with more sunshine! We’ll get close to 70 on Tuesday, but there is a catch. A few showers and storms  are on track by Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning.

Meteorologist Taylor Graham

One person killed in early morning fire in East Moline

EAST MOLINE- Crews responded to a fire early Friday morning, April 20.

It happened near 30th Avenue and Kennedy Drive, near the 7-11 gas station, around 4 a.m.

The fire chief confirms that one person was killed in the fire.

We will keep you updated on the fire as we get more information throughout Good Morning Quad Cities. Watch it here.

This is a developing story.

Alleman uses yoga for mental advantage


"Preseason last year we decided we have 3 weeks or 21 days before or 1st game and it get a little redundant because we are inside most of the time and we thought what can we do to break things up?" explains Alleman head coach Jerry Burkhead.

The answer--  yoga.

"It was a chuckle.   Coach was like we're gonna do yoga and we were like what?" joked Luke Trondson.

"1st thing that went through my mind was just kind of a confusion I guess you could say. You kinda picture yoga as something a bunch of ladies do," admitted Brendan Hird.

"They looked at me like like I was joking. I said no I'm serious and it's the real deal," explains Burkhead.

And it didn't take long for their tune to change.

"He just told us to into it with an open mind and I don't think we did that and when we came in it was harder than we thought," admitted Trondson. "It's still harder than we thought. "

Seeing was believng for the Pioneers, who discovered they weren't alone.

"Once you start looking into it you see that all the professional sports teams are doing it.  They say it works and it definitely helps," said Hird.
"I think younger kids started to realize that. The coaches start to recognize that and said this could be pretty decent. We stretch but are we doing it right?" explains Cathy David.

98% of yoga is mental, the Pioneers learning life lessons along the way.

And that mentality translates directly to the field

"After losing by 10 runs to a very good Galesburg team we had to bounce back and I'd say yoga had helped us a lot. She teaches us to let go a lot. We let go and in game 2 we were more ready to play," explains Trondson


Finding a job after Younkers and Bergner’s shut down

MUSCATINE, Iowa-- Going out of business sales start at Bergner and Younkers stores Friday, April 19.

Store employees say clearance prices will be storewide at Younkers, Bergner’s and other Bon-Ton owned stores.

The retail giant shutdown includes the Younkers store in the Muscatine Mall, which is one of the last anchor stores at the location.

And with every empty store front, and every shut down business, there are lost jobs.

Iowa workforce representative Mark Holloway says it is hard to look for a job after getting the news it is time to go.

“It is always sad to hear that someone is losing their job, you know that people work hard. They would come to work and want to contribute to the company and when they find out that the company is closing, that’s really an emotional attachment that’s being broken,” says Holloway.

Dusting off the resume and seeking help from agencies like his can help get employees back on their feet.

“There are 2,000 jobs open in Scott County and 4,000 in the Quad Cities, so there is a job for you,” says Holloway.

Bon-Ton stores will shut down by the end of August.

Nationwide hunt for grandmother turned ‘cold-blooded killer’ comes to an end

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – The nationwide hunt for a grandmother who killed her husband, and her look-alike, has come to an end, ABC News confirms.

Reports say that two deputies with the United States Marshals Service arrested Lois Riess around 8:25 P.M. in Texas.

Kinsey said Riess was sitting in a restaurant by herself when the deputies arrested her.

The 56-year-old, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, is believed to have murdered her husband, David Riess, whose body was found March 23 on their property, according to the Star Tribune.

Authorities believe Riess fled Minnesota, traveling to Florida where she’s suspected of fatally shooting 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson before fleeing to Texas.

She is now in custody in Texas.

Read more about Lois Riess here.

How to get free McDonald’s fries on Fridays during the month of April

You can get free fries on Friday at McDonald’s by using the McDonald’s iOS app and Apple Pay to check out. (McDonald’s)

Friday will be a fry-yay for french fry fans.

McDonald’s fries will be free on Friday April 20 and again on April 27, according to the company’s website.

Customers can walk into McDonald’s locations and, by using the McDonald’s iOS app and Apple Pay, get a free order of medium french fries at check out.

Are you lovin’ it?

A minimum purchase of $1 is required to get the free french fry deal at McDonald’s.

Customers can only redeem the french fry offer once per week.

The offer is only valid at participating McDonald’s locations.

McDonald’s advertised the french fry deal on their website. You can download the app for the deal here. Find the nearest McDonald’s location here.


Police respond to reports of shots fired in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Police say they responded to reports of gunshots being fired just before 5:00 P.M. on April 19.

The gunfire was reported in the area of 300 E 14th Street in Davenport.

Upon arrival, officers say they canvassed the neighborhood and recovered bullet casings. They also say a home in the area was struck by gunfire.

Police say there have been no injuries reported.

The incident remains under investigation. Police ask anybody with information to reach out to the department.

2 elementary school students arrested for child porn over nude Snapchats

SLIDELL, La. – Police arrested two Louisiana elementary school students  after they allegedly distributed nude photos to classmates using a social media app.

The Bonne Ecole Elementary students, a girl and a boy, were booked on charges of distribution of child pornography, according to the Slidell Police Department.

The female student allegedly used Snapchat to send nude pictures of herself to the male student, who allegedly sent them to other classmates.

“Most kids are not aware, but sending a nude photo of themselves is a crime,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. “Parents need to have a candid conversation with their kids about the seriousness, and the long term effects, of taking and sending nude photographs.”

Both children have been released into the custody of their parents.

How Davenport Schools’ superintendent is looking to secure the district

DAVENPORT, Iowa --  Davenport's superintendent, Dr. Art Tate, is moving forward to get the funding he wants to beef up security within the school district.

Back in March, Dr. Tate created a proposal to hire additional personnel that's focused on security. 

The proposal included hiring the following positions:

  • 1 security and safety specialist
  • 1 coordinator of student participation
  • 1 mental health coordinator
  • 4 additional school resource officers
  • an undetermined amount of caseworkers
  • an undetermined amount of security guards

To hire these positions, Dr. Tate said he needed to use money from the district's reserve fund, which holds $25 million for emergencies.   But to access that money, he needs lawmakers to give him spending authority.

He said between March 29th and April 16th he sent five letters to Iowa lawmakers. He said his requests for spending authority were not denied, but that he got little response.

"I believe it's going to happen again," Dr. Tate said. "I'm talking about threat to an active shooter in a school, for example, its not just with guns, sometimes there are bomb threats. It's those sort of threats I'm looking to stop them before they get to our schools."

His next plan of action is to reach out to the School Budget Review Committee, which is a state-level review committee.  He would like to see if they would give him the authority to use reserve funds.

While he waits for funding, Dr. Tate said he would like to ramp up the number of drills they do each year from two to four.  He also said he created a group of five people that plan to meet every other week to identify threats and discuss action plans.

911 operator gets jail time for hanging up on callers: ‘Ain’t nobody got time for this’

HOUSTON — If Creshenda Williams didn't have time then— she surely has plenty of time now.

Williams, the former 911 operator hung up on dozens of callers and first responders, has been sentenced to 18 months of probation with 10 days in jail.  A grand jury found the 44-year-old  guilty of interfering with emergency telephone calls — a misdemeanor offense — following a three-day trial that ended Wednesday.

The former 911 operator worked at the Houston Emergency Service Center for more than a year before being let go in 2016. During her time, prosecutors say Williams systematically hung up on residents who were trying to report emergencies.

Supervisors became suspicious after determining that thousands of incoming calls answered by Williams had a duration of less than 20 seconds. The recording database also keeps a report of who disconnects the call: the caller, the call-taker, or both. Records revealed that thousands of short calls were attributed to Williams hanging up.

Calls varied from reports of robberies and homicides, to reports of speeding vehicles. In a March 2016 recording, Williams hung up on a man attempting to report a robbery. When questioned about the short calls, Williams told investigators she often hung up because she did not want to talk to anyone at those times.

During one shift, investigators said Williams hung up on several people, including a security officer who was attempting to report a dangerous street racing incident.

The operator said "Houston 911, do you need medical, police or fire?"

The caller only had time to say "This is Officer Molten. I'm driving on 45 South right now and I am at ..." before Williams ended the call.

Although the call was disconnected, the recording captured Williams saying, "Ain't nobody got time for this. For Real."

“The citizens of Harris County rely on 911 operators to dispatch help in their time of need,” Asst. District Attorney Lauren Reeder said.  “When a public servant betrays the community’s trust and breaks the law, we have a responsibility to hold them criminally accountable.”

Augustana practices hostage scenario

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- Augustana College worked with law enforcement to practice a hostage scenario.

The drill was held inside the Olin Center on Thursday, April 19th. It's something they do each year to improve their response to potential threats. This year's scenario was a professor who was holding students hostage inside a classroom.

As public safety guarded the building, students were directed to safety.

Meanwhile, campus leaders created a command center inside Founders Hall to practice disseminating information and creating a plan of action.

For the first time, this year they live streamed the situation from inside the classroom where the hostages were held. Leaders said it was good practice for potential live feeds that they may actually have to deal with.

Thirty students volunteered to take part in the drill.

Two Florida deputies killed in restaurant shooting

(CNN) — Two deputies were killed at a restaurant in Florida by a shooter who fired through a window and was found dead outside the business, the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The deputies were at the Ace China restaurant in the small town of Trenton when they were shot around 3 p.m.

“At this point, it remains an active criminal investigation with no apparent motive or indications as to why this tragedy occurred,” the department said on Facebook.

According to the department’s website, there are 14 full-time deputies in the patrol division.

“My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two @GCSOFlorida deputies (HEROES) who lost their lives in the line of duty today,” President Donald Trump tweeted.

Authorities said Sheriff Bobby Schultz would give a news conference Thursday evening. The sheriff has been speaking with the families affected, the department said.

Trenton, a town with 2,300 residents, is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

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Sen. Duckworth casts vote with her baby on senate floor

(CNN) — Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth made history on Thursday as she became the first senator to cast a vote on the Senate floor with her newborn by her side.

Senate lawmakers narrowly voted, 50 to 49, to confirm GOP Rep. James Bridenstine to be the next NASA administrator. Duckworth voted against Bridenstine.

“It feels great,” Duckworth told reporters as she entered the Capitol. “It is about time, huh?”

She also thanked colleagues for passing the rule change.

“I think it’s historic, I think it’s amazing,” Duckworth said.

When she was on the Senate floor, a group of senators including Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Claire McCaskill, Maria Cantwell and Jeff Flake, came to congratulate her and meet her baby.

At one point, Klobuchar looked emotional while she was grinning looking at Duckworth and her newborn baby. She is the top Democratic member of the Senate Rules Committee, who worked with Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri to change the longstanding rules to allow newborns — for the first time — onto the Senate floor during votes.

When Duckworth was leaving the chamber, the crowd of congressional reporters watching from the press seating cooed at her baby.

While it happened, Schumer turned to the reporters, put a hand to his mouth and said with a smile, “The press is finally interested in something worthwhile.”

The vote comes one day after the Senate changed longstanding rules to allow newborns onto the Senate floor during votes for the first time. The rule change, voted through by unanimous consent, was done to accommodate senators with newborn babies, allowing them now to be able to bring a child under 1-year-old onto the Senate floor and breastfeed them during votes.

Duckworth, who is taking her unofficial maternity leave in Washington, DC, spearheaded the push for the rule change. She gave birth to her second child, Maile, 10 days ago.

Earlier on Thursday, the lawmaker tweeted: “May have to vote today. Maile’s outfit is prepped. Made sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code requiring blazers. Not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies but I think we’re ready.”

The social media post was accompanied by a photo of the potential outfit.

Duckworth’s dress code joke referred to Capitol Hill’s previous rule, which required women — reporters and lawmakers — to wear dresses and blouses with sleeves if they want to enter certain areas.

Speaker Paul Ryan announced last year he would change the dress code after a reporter was denied access to a room because she had on a sleeveless dress.

Ryan’s press secretary AshLee Strong tweeted a response to Duckworth on Thursday: “Senator, It took some drama but Maile and her sleeveless self are welcome on the House floor!”