Latest Davenport News

Davenport man gets 10 years in murder-for-hire case

Sep. 20, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man has been imprisoned for trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife's boyfriend. Scott County District Court records say 43-year-old John Cooper was sentenced Thursday to 10 years. He'd changed his plea to guilty to solicitation to commit murder. Authorities say Cooper...

Press freedom advocates troubled by suit against Iowa paper

Sep. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The former administrator for Iowa's third-largest city is suing the area's biggest newspaper, claiming that its coverage was unfair and cost him his job, in a case that has alarmed advocates for press freedom. Former Davenport city administrator Craig Malin's lawsuit against the...

St. Ambrose clinic helps adults, kids with speech disorders

Sep. 14, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Alan Lemming has made progress since a stroke and heart attack left the right side of his body numb. After he had the stroke, he could only speak one word, and the right side of his face was numb, making it hard to swallow pills. After eight years of treatments at the St. Ambrose...

Bishop-elect returns to central Iowa to lead diocese

Sep. 14, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The new bishop-elect of Des Moines met former Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch decades ago on a flight. Upon learning he was a postgraduate philosophy student, the lawmaker asked if his studies would erode his faith, the Catholic priest said. "Actually, it enhances my faith," Bishop-elect...

Iowa expanding Highway Helper program to Davenport area

Sep. 12, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say help for Iowa motorists will be available for more hours and at more places along the state's highways. The Iowa Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it is expanding Highway Helper to the Davenport area and is increasing hours of the free service in Cedar...

City might waive rest of rent for Quad Cities River Bandits

Sep. 4, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Davenport City Council might let the Quad Cities River Bandits take a full walk on its 2019 rent, given the flooding that restricted access and forced cancellation of baseball games at Modern Woodmen Park. The Quad-City Times reports that 19 home games were canceled this year...

Davenport's old give-away business tokens become collectible

Sep. 1, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — They are the kinds of things you'd toss in your junk drawer and then — in a cleaning frenzy perhaps years into the future — throw away. They are called trade tokens, coin-shaped pieces of wood or metal that are given away by businesses as a promotional item, an...

Davenport making changes to prepare for future floods

Aug. 25, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The city of Davenport is considering changes in its landscaping near the Mississippi river to ensure that it has room for bigger barriers in future floods. The Quad-City Times reports city officials are considering spending $180,000 to remove two road dividers filled with dirt and...

Prosecutors say business owner owes nearly $257K in taxes

Aug. 21, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport business owner has pleaded guilty to federal tax charges. The Quad-City Times reports that Jonathan Folker entered the pleas Monday after making a deal with prosecutors on charges of tax evasion and filing a false tax return. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 9. A plea...

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

Aug. 19, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. August 15, 2019 When a sitting congressman sees an upside to rape and incest, sex abusers get the message Accused rapists have long defended themselves by claiming it didn't happen, or the victim "asked for it," maybe by dressing too provocatively. But never, to my knowledge, has a defense...