Rendering of new $9-million Ascentra Credit Union headquarters proposed for part of city's Town Square block. Source: Legat Architects

An architectural rendering of one of three retail/commercial buildings proposed for the northwest corner of Forest Grove and Middle Roads, Bettendorf, part of the sports complex under construction at that same location.

A Great Blue Heron rests on a log in the Mississippi River above Lock & Dam 15, Davenport on a foggy fall morning.

Construction work on support piers for the new Interstate 74 bridge between Bettendorf and Moline now is under way.

Cricket Hollow Zoo inspection finds animals in mud so deep their legs sunk all the way into muck

More than three dozen camels, sheep, llamas and cattle at the Cricket Hollow Zoo near Manchester, Iowa where found living in enclosures with mud so deep their legs sunk half to all the way down into the muck, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) May inspection report.

Bettendorf downtown 2.0 starting to look like old version: gas stations and convenience stores

The revised downtown Bettendorf streets aren't yet complete, but gas station/convenience store developers are already moving to re-establish their presence along the busy State and Grant Street corridors.

Scott County Family Y seeks approval for expansion of Bettendorf facility along Tangelefoot Lane

The Scott County Family Y is seeking city approval for a 15,000-square-foot expansion of its Bettendorf facility at 3800 Tanglefoot Lane.

USDA charges Cricket Hollow Zoo owners with inadequate vet care of animals, refusing access

Owners of the troubled Cricket Hollow Zoo near Manchester, Iowa, now face new federal charges of inadequate veterinary care of their animals and "repeated failures to meet minimum standards for animal facilities and husbandry."

Isle of Capri to close its Natchez casino and sell adjacent hotel, other assets to competing casino

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. plans to close its Natchez, Mississippi casino in October and sell the company's nearby hotel to the competing casino there.

Lee stock drops after reporting 3rd quarter revenue decline; soft energy sector in ND hurt classified ads

Stock of Lee Enterprises – owner of 45 daily newspapers including the Quad City Times – fell nearly 20 percent after the company reported Thursday (8/6) that its third quarter operating income declined more than 13 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Cricket Hollow Zoo lawsuit will proceed to Oct. 5 trial date; judge denies motion for summary judgement

A federal lawsuit seeking to remove endangered animals from the troubled Cricket Hollow Zoo near Manchester will proceed to trial in October after the judge denied a motion for summary judgement filed by animal welfare attorneys.

Chief Magistrate Judge Jon Stuart Scoles heard nearly an hour of oral arguments Thursday (8/6) before denying the motion and setting a pre-trail conference for Sept. 29. The bench trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 5 in U.S. District Court, Northern District, in Cedar Rapids.

Where was Republican outrage when one of their own slandered a Democrat's war record?

At long last Republican presidential hopefuls crept out of their foxholes, where they’d been cowering and maintaining radio silence, to attack Donald Trump.

With one or two exceptions, the field went AWOL as Trump trashed immigrants, calling them drug runners and rapists. But as soon as Trump said “I like people who weren’t captured,” suggesting that Senator John McCain was less than a hero, they pounced.

PV, North Scott schools agree on joint use of iWireless Center for 2016 graduation ceremonies

Pleasant Valley and North Scott schools will share the cost and use of iWireless Center in Moline for their graduation ceremonies next year, joining Davenport schools in utilizing the much larger civic center to accommodate the crowds of family and friends at the commencements.

That leaves Bettendorf as the only school district on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities still using its gymnasium for graduation ceremonies.

Davenport plant discharges 132 million gallons of partially treated sewage into Mississippi River

The amount of partially treated sewage dumped into the Mississippi River by Davenport's Sewage Treatment Plant last month totaled more than 136 million gallons.

The so-called "bypassed" sewage received only primary – not secondary – treatment because flows to the plant on Concord Street were beyond its capacity as storm water runoff infiltrated sewer lines after heavy rains.

As the sewage flows backed up in lines to the treatment plant, Bettendorf pumped more than 29 million gallons of sewage and storm water into the river after the heavy rains in late June and early July.

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