4 before 4: Explosion update, senators unite, MAC record & horse therapy

Here are four or more reports posted to OurQuadCities.com to review before Local 4 News at 4, 5 and 6:

+ The names of the men killed in the natural gas pipeline explosion have been released.

+ Illinois senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin joined the growing call from their counterparts for Al Franken to resign.

+ While Jacob Rodriguez admits he's not a horse person, this therapy session through Sundance for our Soldiers in the peaceful countryside is a vast contrast to his experiences serving in Afghanistan.

+ On Mondays the men at Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center gather in the gym for chapel, but recently they had a guest: Chicago Bears linebacker Sam Acho with a special message

+ A hearing was held Tuesday for the man accused of kidnapping a woman from the parking lot of SouthPark Mall in October. According to Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee, Floyd May told the judge he is ‘really struggling’ with his mental health behind bars.

+ Local 4 News and Fox 18 News spoke Tuesday afternoon with Moline mayor Stephanie Acri, who told us she is now out of intensive care but is still in the hospital being treated for a broken rib and injuries to her pelvis, which was cracked in three places.    

+ Students from Madison Elementary School donated 693 books to a Moline school that was damaged by a fire.

+ The thrusters were fired up on the 40-year-old Voyager 1 spacecraft for first time since 1980... from 13 billion miles away. Apparently, this is a course correction to help make sure that in the year 40272 Voyager 1 will come within 1.7 light years of an obscure star in the constellation Ursa Minor. That's assuming it doesn't get intercepted by an alien race of living machines and returned to Earth in 2273.

+ It was all smiles for Akrum Wadley when Iowa was selected for the Pinstripe Bowl in New York. It will be a homecoming for two Hawkeyes.

+ Muscatine senior and Iowa commit Joe Wieskamp broke ex-Hawkeye and Davenport North star Ricky Davis' MAC boys basketball all-time scoring record in a 61-54 loss to North Scott.

Now tune in to Local 4 News at 4 p.m. with Redrick Terry for an update on the survivors of Tuesday's deadly gas line explosion. Plus, a decision by President Trump many expect will lead to violence in the Middle East.


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