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Weather Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy, breezy. High: 67. Winds S 15-25+.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, 10% chance of rain. Low: 48. Winds S 5-15.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, 30% chance of rain, isolated thunder. High: 71. Winds S 5-15.

Monday: 50% chance of rain, isolated thunder. Highs in the upper 60s to near 70. Lows in the lower 40s.

Dubuque and TriState

Fair Announces Country Act

Officials with the Dubuque County Fair Friday announced the country acts that will be performing on the main stage, Saturday July 26th during the Fair.

Fair Manager, Jamie Blum says the headliner that night will be singer Scotty McCreery. McCreery won the competition on the TV show American Idol in 2011. Since then, he has released three albums and had one single reach the top ten on the country music charts.

Blum says the group "The Last Ride" will open for McCreery, and tickets for the performance will go on sale next Saturday, April 26th. The Fair Association had earlier announced that rock bands "38 Special" and "Black Stone Cherry" would be providing the entertainment Friday night.

Blum says… as in past years… they will also have plenty of free entertainment available on the grounds during the fair's run.

The Dubuque County Fair will run from July 22nd to the 27th, and officials expect some 60-thousand people to attend the fair this summer.

Platteville Power Outage

Most of the city of Platteville was without power for about an hour and 15 minutes Friday morning, and a squirrel is the apparent culprit.

Alliant Spokesperson, Ann Marie Niven, says just before 8:30 this morning a squirrel got into the main substation along Highway 151 and damage the main transformer. Niven says some 26-hundred people had no power, and at 9AM the Platteville Police put out an alert saying that the power outage was nearly city-wide and was even impacting stop lights.

Nivens says crews were able to make repairs at the substation and get the power restored by shortly after 9:45. It's not believed the outage caused any major problems.

Iowa Unemployment
Iowa's unemployment rate climbed to 4-point 5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force.
Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate was up from 4-point 4 percent in February. Despite the higher rate, agency spokesperson Kerry Koonce, in a prepared statement, says total employment in Iowa reached a record high of 1.6 million people, and that influx of workers has driven the unemployment rate higher.
Iowa Workforce Development says there were increases in the Leisure and Hospitality sectors of the workforce, and also gains in the financial activities and information sectors. Those, however, were offset by losses in sectors like manufacturing.
Iowa's rate of 4-point 5 percent compares to a national unemployment rate of 6-point 7 percent.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year. The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, believed to be from China, causes severe diarrhea in newborn piglets, who die from dehydration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it is stepping up efforts by requiring farmers to report infections.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor pursuing several cases against felons charged with voting illegally says an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shouldn't impact them. Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Linda Fangman said Thursday the prosecutions will "proceed as is," despite Tuesday's ruling suggesting that not all felons lose their voting rights. She's handling felony election misconduct cases against six offenders accused of voting in the 2012 election even though they lost their rights. A seventh may plead guilty Monday.

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa bar and bowling alley owner and one of her employees have been accused of setting a fire to collect insurance money. Authorities say 36-year-old Kristina Manasil owned the Budd-Z's Sports Bar and Grill and its bowling alley in Sheldon. Manasil and 36-year-old Adam Sickles were arrested Wednesday.

PROLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an escaped prisoner captured in central Iowa was found under a house porch. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Kenny Bevard was found Friday hiding under a residence in Prole, just south of Des Moines.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Governor Scott Walker's public union restrictions. The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling on Friday.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager. For Democrats and their friends in organized labor, they hope to avenge Walker's evisceration of union power as he builds his resume for a possible presidential run.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Republican state senator says he'll announce next week whether he'll run for Congress. Joe Leibham of Sheboygan says he'll announce on Tuesday whether he'll run for east-central Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District seat. Glenn Grothman, a conservative Republican state senator from West Bend and Representative Duey Stroebel, a Saukville Republican, are also seeking the seat.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent. The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Chicago plans a festival to honor late writer and broadcaster Studs Terkel. The new "Let's Get Working" festival will be at the school's Logan Center for the Arts from May 9 to 11. The free festival will feature concerts, discussions, performances and screenings. Terkel was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He died in 2008 at age 96.

CHICAGO (AP) - Some of the police officers who have been patrolling Chicago's most violent neighborhoods on foot are getting bicycles. The idea is to extend the amount of territory they can cover while allowing officers to maintain close interaction with residents. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says nothing compares "to officers getting out of their cars, engaging the community and knowing the names, faces and stories of everyone in that neighborhood."

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Democratic Party is planning to hold an organizational meeting for the state central committee. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is the party chairman. He says there are new members of the state central committee since the March 18 primary election. Members will elect party officials at Tuesday's event in Springfield.

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois school district has begun work to replace an elementary school's gymnasium and two classrooms rendered unusable because of structural issues. Construction began this week southeast of St. Louis in Chester, where the elementary school gym and its connecting classrooms were condemned in mid-2012 because shifting ground made them unstable. The condemnation resulted in more than 600 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade having no facility for physical education classes during inclement weather.

National News

Password change advised on health care website...EU official would oppose cutting back energy ties with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Heartbleed Internet security flaw has prompted the Obama administration to advise people with accounts on the health care enrollment website to change their passwords as a precaution. The administration reached the conclusion during a review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding, Internet-wide vulnerability.

BERLIN (AP) - Despite the crisis in Ukraine, a senior European Union official says cutting back natural gas ties with Russia isn't a good idea but diversifying supplies is. Russia is a major European gas supplier, and mounting tensions over Ukraine have raised concerns about possible disruption.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Mount Everest has yielded a 13th body following an avalanche on a climbing route swept over a group of Sherpa guides. Three other guides are still missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Searchers continue trying to find the missing and keeping an eye out or deteriorating weather.

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Divers continue efforts to recover bodies from a sunken South Korean ferry that was carrying hundreds of high school students. Three more bodies have been pulled from the water, bringing the death toll to 32, but many more victims are believed trapped in the vessel. The captain and two crew members are under arrest.

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Officials and activists say at least 10 people have been killed by two rebel car bombs that targeted two central Syrian areas controlled by government forces. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one car bomb killed at least four people in the city of Homs. Earlier in the day, another suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a checkpoint near the government-controlled town of Salamiya, killing at least six soldiers.

Sports

Day 3 of Stanley Cup playoffs...Mets deal Davis to Pirates...Hood leaving Duke...Haith to Tulsa

UNDATED (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks were last night's Stanley Cup playoff winners. Pavel Datsyuk (DAHT'-sook) scored with 3:01 remaining and Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots as the Red Wings took Game 1 of their series with Boston, 1-0. Rene Bourque tallied twice and the Canadiens took a 2-0 series lead by downing Tampa Bay 4-1, and the Ducks have a 2-0 series lead after Frederick Andersen turned back 34 shots in a 3-2 triumph over Dallas.

UNDATED (AP) - The New York Mets have traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named. The 27-year-old Davis was hitting .208 with one home run and five RBIs in 12 games in a platoon with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin at first base. Davis hit 32 homers for the Mets in 2012 but fell off sharply last year.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The Duke men's basketball team is losing another player as sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State. He joins freshman Jabari Parker, who declared for the draft Thursday.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he went 76-28 in three years at Missouri. The 48-year old Haith replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - K.J. Choi will be the clubhouse leader when the second round of the RBC Heritage resumes today. Choi shot a 67 to get to 5-under 137, one stroke ahead of Robert Allenby and two in front of a group led by former world No. 1 Luke Donald. Play was suspended by rain yesterday with 65 players on the course.

American League

Rangers 12, White Sox 0

Royals 5, Twins 0

Rays 11, Yankees 5

Blue Jays 3, Indians 2

Angels 11, Tigers 6

Orioles 8, Red Sox 4

National League

Brewers 5, Pirates 3

Reds 4, Cubs 1

Nationals 3, Cardinals 1

Braves 6, Mets 0

Rockies 12, Phillies 1

Padres 2, Giants 1

Interleague Score

Marlins 8, Mariners 4

College Baseball

Buena Vista 8-8, Dubuque 1-2

Clarke 4-0, Ashford 3-3

UW-Superior 4-11, UW-Platteville 2-1

Prep Baseball Score

Byron 11, East Dubuque 2

College Softball

Clarke 2-6, Hannibal-LaGrange 1-5

Hockey

Fighting Saints 1, Cedar Rapids 0