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The Quad Cities’ Democratic Congresswoman says she’s still thinking about how she’ll vote on impeachment. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos yesterday said she has seen how President Trump has abused his power for years, but she stopped short of promising to vote to impeach. Bustos is among the top Democratic leaders in Congress, but her district in the Quad Cities and parts of Western Illinois has plenty of supporters of the president as well.

>>Moline Firefighters Blame Incense For South Park Mall Fire

Firefighters are blaming incense for a fire that filled part of the South Park Mall with smoke. Investigators say someone left incense burning in the Fig Tree bookstore yesterday morning. Some ashes fell into a cardboard box, and that started the fire. Moline firefighters say the flames didn’t do much damage because sprinklers put most of them out. But smoke filled some of the mall’s hallways and forced shoppers out. No one was hurt in the fire.

>>Moline Police Offer Details In Woman’s Murder

The missing woman who was found dead in her garage in Moline was dead for longer than police thought. Moline Police yesterday closed the investigation into Jordan Burroughs’ death. Investigators now say she was dead for almost a month before police found her body last month, and that her boyfriend posed as her during some texts with her family. Moline Police say even they missed her body and signs of her murder when they visited the house. Police say Burroughs’ boyfriend, Kyle Dykeman, hanged himself as police were closing-in to arrest him.

>>Rock Island Bans Pet Store Sales Of Dogs, Cats

The city of Rock Island is banning the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores in the city, but there’s one wrinkle. Rock Island’s city council last night banned sales as a nod to fight puppy mills. But there aren’t any pet stores in Rock Island that sell dogs and cats, so the ban is really in name only. The ban does not impact animal shelters which help people adopt pets.

>>State Of Iowa Orders Open Meetings Training For Bettendorf School Board

The entire Bettendorf School Board must sit down and learn about public information and open meetings. The Iowa Public Information Board last night ordered the school board to get more training. The order comes after Bettendorf schools broke the rules by meeting in closed session without enough notice to the public back in May. The meeting was an attempt to fire the district’s superintendent. The Public Information Board says it ordered the training because school board members told them their lawyer said the meeting was fine.

***Report Courtesy of Metro News Source***

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