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Runway Lighting A New Priority For QC Airport

The Quad City Airport will soon have some cash to spend after the Federal Aviation Administration promised it $3.3 million for capital improvements this year.

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Exelon has negotiated how much it will pay in property taxes over the next seven years for its Cordova nuclear plant. The Black Hawk College District is one of eleven taxing bodes that receives revenue from the taxes paid by the Quad Cities Generating Station. And tonight, the college board of trustees is set to vote on the property tax agreement with Exelon.

Erie School Superintendent, Brad Cox, says under the proposal, the company would pay an average of $12.5 million a year from 2017 through 2023. Last year, Exelon paid $8.1 million.

A strong earthquake that hit Mexico City and other central areas has killed at least 245 people, officials say. Search teams are working feverishly to find any survivors who were trapped — including at least one girl who's among students caught when the quake turned their school to rubble.

Back-to-back natural disasters in Mexico and across the Caribbean have left millions of people reeling.

Updated at 12:59 p.m. ET

President Trump ordered new economic sanctions Thursday against any bank or other company doing business with North Korea, in response to Pyongyang's renegade nuclear program.

The move is designed to tighten the economic screws on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in hopes of halting his development of nuclear warheads and the missiles to deliver them.

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Fossilized dinosaur feces are challenging some basic assumptions about dinosaur eating habits.

Hadrosaurs, a kind of duck-billed dinosaur, are among the most common herbivores of the Cretaceous period. But new research suggests that actually, these animals also chowed down on crustaceans. The prehistoric snacking was likely intentional and linked to mating behaviors.

The scientists found tell-tale crustacean shell pieces in samples of fossilized dinosaur feces about 75 million year old from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

News headlines for the morning of September 21, 2017

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

Puerto Rico is trying to start the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria — and it's doing so after the powerful storm blew homes apart, filled roads with water and tore at its infrastructure. Flash floods are persisting, and the island has no electricity service.

"We are without power, the whole island is without power," Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner — its representative in Congress — told Morning Edition on Thursday. González-Colón spoke from Carolina, near San Juan.

Eighteen doughnuts, toasted Brazil nuts, a can of deviled ham, an avocado "pear," and Worcestershire sauce: No, this list doesn't comprise an especially malicious ingredient basket for competitors on the Food Network's Chopped.

Instead, they are the makings for the "Goblin sandwich," a Halloween recipe published in a donut-maker's 1946 cooking pamphlet. The donuts are sliced like bread, and the other ingredients are mixed into a highly seasoned spread.

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