Herb Trix

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.

While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS.

Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.

Herb resides in Moline with his wife Diane, and their dog Sally.

Hoping to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, members of Congress have introduced a bill that would allow victims to take their cases to court. 

It's called the "Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act," and one of the lead sponsors is U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, from the 17th Illinois Congressional District. 

During a news conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Bustos said 60 million Americans have contracts with forced-arbitration clauses, but this bill would give them the option of going to court.

WVIK News

Hundreds of law enforcement personnel -- including troopers, deputies and officers -- gathered Monday in the Quad Cities to celebrate renaming the Centennial Bridge, connecting Rock Island with Davenport. 

  The Master Sgt. Stanley Talbot Memorial Bridge honors a man who was killed at the foot of the bridge in Rock Island in 2001 during a roadside safety check.

A nationwide motorist service organization is expanding its offerings to provide roadside assistance to members who ride bikes. The move coincides with National Bicycle Safety Month.

AAA spokeswoman Beth Mosher says this isn't the first time they have offered bicycle service. In other states where the service has been used, the most common calls were for flat tires and chains that fell off. She acknowledges that their technicians aren't as adept with bicycles as they are with cars, but they can transport riders home or to a local repair shop.

WVIK News

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has begun testing all donated blood for the Zika Virus.  The testing began Monday, well in advance of Friday's deadline set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Chief Executive Officer Mike Parejko says the center had just three months to plan, hire new workers, install equipment, and practice new procedures. And it involved nearly every department.

Voters often complain about not having any choices. But Illinois’s 17th district is at least one race with very different candidates:   Incumbent Cheri Bustos  from East Moline and Patrick Harlan of Galesburg.  

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