KALA News Today Headlines – Nov. 21, 2019

KALA News Today Headlines – Nov. 21, 2019

QUAD CITIES (KALA) — Rock Island traffic delays, yard waste collection reminders, and Thanksgiving city closures are today’s KALA News Today Headlines.

5th Street in Rock Island is closed between 17th and 18th Avenues because of a water leak investigation and repair. The street needs to b3e closed in order to fix it, and for the safety of the crews working on it. You can use 9th St. as an alternate route. Be aware of probable traffic delays around this area. With favorable weather, this project is expected to be done the Friday after Thanksgiving.

A reminder for East Moline residents. Yard waste disposal is available free of charge until Dec. 6th. Services will be closed next week for Thanksgiving. You can pick up a bundle of free bags every week at any of the following locations:

  • Maintenance Service, 1200 13th Ave
  • City Hall Annex, 912 16th Ave
  • City Hall, 915 16th Ave

Since next week is Thanksgiving, we’d like to remind listeners of some city closings during the holiday.

Davenport celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday next week. All city offices and the Public Works Center will be closed, as well as the Police Department front desk and records. The public libraries are also closed during that time. Click here for a full list of closures in Davenport.

The City of Bettendorf is closing its offices for the holiday celebration too. City Hall is closed Thursday and Friday, and garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection are delayed one day. So, if you normally receive services Thursday, you will receive them Friday, and if you normally receive them Friday, you’ll get them Saturday. Transit is not open on Thanksgiving Day but reopens the day after. Click here for more information. 

On Saturday, Nov. 23, some streets in Downtown Davenport will be closed for the Festival of Trees parade. Check the map to see when cars need to be moved from certain streets.

KALA News Today will take next week off for Thanksgiving break. It returns Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. 

KALA News Today Headlines – Nov. 12, 2019

KALA News Today Headlines – Nov. 12, 2019

QUAD CITIES (KALA) — A cannabis panel discussion, First Generation Day, and the Midwest E-sports Festival are today’s KALA News Today Headlines.

Recreational-use cannabis in Illinois becomes legal Jan. 1, 2020. The City of Rock Island wants the community to understand the law and how it will impact the city. The “Pot Panel” is happening at Rock Island Public Library’s downtown branch from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 12. Discussion topics include human resources, law and law enforcement, as well as medicine, government, and the cannabis business. This discussion is hosted by the City of Rock Island and its Economic Development Department. The Rock Island Public Library is located at 401 19th Street.

Last week, St. Ambrose held a recognition of first generation students. This is defined as an individual who is the first person in their family to receive a degree from an institute of higher education, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The event was an opportunity to get to know other first generation students. 

Kiley Schmidt works full time in the Career Center at St. Ambrose, but she is also working on her master’s degree in social work. She says one of the hardships of being First Generation student is having to navigate college alone. Things like setting up academic advising appointments, meeting with financial aid staff, knowing what questions to ask, and to whom to turn for help can be challenging when no one else in your family has had that experience. That’s why she believes it’s important to connect first generation students with faculty and staff who have also faced these obstacles.

“I just think it’s really important for all students who are the first ones in their family to attend an institution of higher learning to know that there are a lot of faculty and staff members here who are willing to help mentor them,”  Schmidt said.

She says mentorship was key in her navigating undergrad.

This Saturday and Sunday is the Midwest E-sports Festival. It starts on Saturday at 10 a.m. and goes until  8 p.m. and continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Ambrose University. The festival is open to competitors, spectators, and casual gamers. Tickets are $20.

Here’s a rundown of what games are played which days:


Console – Please be 15 minutes early to check-in

  • Smash Ultimate (Sat. Only) – 10:00am
  • Soul Calibur VI (Sat. Only) – 10:00am
  • Samurai Shodown (Sat. Only) – 11:30am
  • Mortal Kombat 11 (Sat. Only) – 1:00pm
  • Street Fighter V (Sat. Only) – 2:30pm
  • Dragonball FighterZ (Sat. Only) – 4:00pm
  • Tekken 7 (Sat. Only) – 5:30pm


PC – Please be 15 minutes early to check-in

  • Fortnite (Sun. Only) – 10:00 a.m.
  • League of Legends (Spectator Only) – 10:00 a.m.
  • Apex Legends (Sun. Only) – 1:30 p.m.


Console – Please be 15 minutes early to check-in

  • Fortnite – 10:00 a.m.
  • MLB the show 19 – 1:30 p.m.
  • FIFA20 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Madden NFL 20 – 3:00 p.m.
  • NBA2k20 – 3:00 p.m.

PC – Please be 15 minutes early to check-in

  • Teamfight Tactics – 4:00 p.m. 

Pot Bonus Info:

Smash Ultimate – $500

Street Fighter V – $ 100

Dragonball FighterZ – $100

Tekken 7 – $100

Mortal Kombat 11 – $100

Soul Calibur VI – $100

Samurai Shodown – $100

Fortnite – $100

Apex Legends – $100

Madden NFL 20 – $100

MLB the show 19 – $100

NBA2k20 – $100

FIFA20 – $100

Teamfight Tactics – $100

KALA News Today airs live Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. on 88.5FM.