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Weather Forecast

FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATES, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014

TODAY: MOSTLY CLOUDY THIS MORNING, BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY THIS AFTERNOON. HIGH 26. WEST-SOUTHWEST WIND 5-10 MPH.

TONIGHT: PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW 16.

TOMORROW: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. HIGH 32.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY:

DRY AND COLD THANKSGIVING, WARMER FRIDAY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SNOW, DRY SATURDAY. HIGH'S AROUND 20 THURSDAY, THE 30'S FRIDAY, THE 40'S SATURDAY. LOW'S IN THE TEENS & 20'S

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 7.9 FEET & RISING

Dubuque and TriState

Weather Impacts Dubuque Roads

Freezing rain and light snow were responsible for a few fender benders and cars sliding off the roads in the City of Dubuque yesterday. City of Dubuque Public Works Director Don Vogt says they didn't anticipate the misty freezing drizzle that's fell in the afternoon, but plans were altered to deal with it. Vogt says the basic road salt that was applied to all of the City's main arterial streets made driving easier, however motorists were finding it a bit more difficult to navigate some residential streets that hadn't been treated yet. Vogt says his department received numerous calls from citizens yesterday not about slick road conditions but about slippery sidewalks, due to the light mist that fell over the area. He says crews have been divided into two 12 hour shifts. Vogt says once all of the streets were treated, crews turned their attention to overpasses, alleys, sidewalks and staircases.

Jule Sets Another Record

The Jule Transit System has set another record for ridership. According to Jule officials, over 51-thousnad 500 people rode the buses in October of this years, which is a 16-point 5 percent increase over the ridership in October of last year. The transit system has made several changes, including a route restructuring in January of 2014, and Transit Director Candace Eudaley, says those route changes are the major reason the ridership has been increasing. Eudaley says, in additions to the increased ridership, officials are seeing a trend among passengers towards buying monthly passes. Eudaley says the number of people buying unlimited monthly passes has grown by over 200-percent since the rote restructuring took place in January. She also says the record number of riders in October is consistent with the overall growth that has been occurring among Jule riders for the last couple of years. Ridership for the transit system has increased about 28-percent during the last five years.

Shipping Season Wrapping Up

The shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River to the north of Dubuque is coming to a close. Icy conditions have forced an early end to shipping and the season officially closed last Thursday with the towboat Mary K. Cavarra and its load of four barges heading south through Lock and Dam Number 2 at Hastings, Minnesota. In this area, the barges are still moving, but the both the towboat operators and the workers at the locks and dams are facing challenges. The Lockmaster at Lock and Dam 11 in Dubuque, Jim Piper, says because of the cold snap that occurred earlier this month, ice has formed on the Mississippi River. He says he, and his crews, are being forced to "lock through" ice between tows, which is slowing things down. As this week goes along, the forecast calls for high temperatures to be in the 20's and 30's and Piper says that means things won't get any better along the river. Up north, officials are saying the closing of Lock 2 on November 20th is the earliest closing in the past 45 years. It has not been a good season for shipping in that part of the river. The season began last spring with the second-latest opening and came to a 26-day halt in midsummer so crews could clear flood-borne silt from the navigation channel.

U-D Is Home Based Military School

It was announced, late last week, that Dubuque County has been designated as a Home Base Iowa Community… and now there is word that the University of Dubuque has achieved a similar honor. The University of Dubuque, along with 4 other schools have been given the designation by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad of Home Based Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partners… or CHAMPS. The other colleges to achieve the designation are the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Hawkeye Community College. In order to be designated as a CHAMPS school, U-D had to meet criteria in three specific categories. They include On Campus Veteran's Resources, Mindfulness of Service Member Transition and Financial Considerations. The CHAMPS program is part of the statewide Home Base Iowa Act, which is designed to offer veterans a chance at employment, and work to make them successful in that job. State officials estimate some 600 veterans have already been hired under Home Base Iowa Act initiative.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An auto shop owner has pleaded not guilty to an allegation that he shot another man to death inside the Waterloo shop. The attorney for 43-year-old Anthony Tronca entered a written plea for Tronca yesterday. Tronca is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Ronald Randall inside AJT Auto Repair.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Services have been scheduled tomorrow for a 38-year-old man who was burned in a Des Moines business fire. Authorities say Jason Capps died last week at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He had been taken there after the November 10th blaze at The Body Parts Store Incorporated.

ELDON, Iowa (AP) - A 24-year-old man has been charged with killing a man whose body was found inside a southeast Iowa bait shop. Authorities say Ricky Davidson was arrested yesterday afternoon. Davidson is charged with murder and burglary in the August shooting death of 64-year-old Darrell Teeter.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Police say one person has died after a semitrailer collided with a minivan at a Davenport intersection. Authorities say the truck was headed north yesterday when it struck the van, which was headed east. One person in the minivan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - A longtime federal judge and five-term Democratic congressman from Illinois has received America's highest civilian honor from President Barack Obama. Abner Mikva received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday at the White House. The medal is reserved for individuals who have made "meritorious contributions" to U.S. security, world peace or cultural endeavors.

CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities have ruled out arson as a possible cause of a stable fire that killed 32 horses in suburban Chicago. Crystal Lake Fire Chief Paul DeRaedt says Saturday's fire at the Valley View Acres horse boarding facility is not considered suspicious. He says the blaze appears to have started in a hay storage area on the barn's second floor.

CHICAGO (AP) - Communities around Illinois have reacted to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the Ferguson shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old. Hundreds of protesters marched in Chicago on Monday night, and about two dozen people held a vigil outside the U.S. attorney's office in Peoria. A vigil is planned Tuesday at a Springfield church.

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois state official's holiday shopping list highlights hazardous toys, children's items and household products recalled in the past year. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has released her annual "Safe Shopping Guide." It includes detailed descriptions and photos of more than 100 children's products which manufacturers recalled.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Four utility workers have been rescued after getting stuck on a platform about 150 feet above the ground at the We Energies plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. A company spokesman says the workers were brought to safety last night after being stranded when an elevator traveling up a smokestack at the Valley Power Plant became stuck. The spokesman says the cause of the elevator malfunction hasn't been determined.

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a squad car from a tribal police department in northern Wisconsin has collided head-on with another vehicle and killed a passenger. The Ashland County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened yesterday on Highway 2 between Ashland and Odanah. The officer from the Chippewa's Bad River Band and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to hospitals.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Authorities say a 34-year-old pedestrian has died after being struck in a hit-and-run in Milwaukee over the weekend. Police say the Milwaukee man died yesterday afternoon following the crash early Sunday. Police are searching for the car's driver. The owners of a local restaurant say they gave authorities security video.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A performing arts center in Green Bay is the latest to cancel an appearance by comedian Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault by a growing number of women. The Weidner Center provided no explanation for canceling Cosby's April 12th show. Officials say any ticket purchases made by credit card would be refunded by December 10th.

National News

Mayor denounces National Guard response...Additional protests planned...Wilson says he feared for his life

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, is criticizing what he says was delayed National Guard deployment as violent protests broke out following a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Mayor James Knowles calls the decision to delay the deployment "deeply concerning." Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon earlier today ordered additional National Guard members to the St. Louis suburb.

UNDATED (AP) - Police nationwide have been prepared for additional demonstrations -- after thousands of people in cities from Los Angeles to New York last night protested the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting. The protests were largely peaceful, but ended with violence and vandalism in at least a couple of major cities.

NEW YORK (AP) - Network anchors have been vying for the first TV interview with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. And the winner is George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. He spoke to Wilson for an hour today in Missouri. ABC plans to use the interview throughout its news programming. Stephanopoulos says Wilson told him he's sorry about the death of Michael Brown, but that he feared for his own life during their confrontation this summer. According to the "Good Morning America" host, Wilson said he didn't think he would have acted any differently if Brown had been white.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy is continuing to avoid the struggles faced by other advanced economies around the world. The government says the economy grew at an even faster rate in the third quarter of the year than had been estimated. The growth rate of 3.9 percent follows a 4.6 percent surge in the spring. And those make up the biggest back-to-back quarterly performances in more than a decade.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Would you still get a tub of popcorn at the movie theater if you knew how many calories are in it? That will soon be more than just a hypothetical question. The government is out with new labeling rules, which will apply to businesses that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations. They'll have to post the calorie content of food clearly on menus and displays. The regulations will apply to convenience stores, bakeries, coffee shops, pizza delivery, amusement parks and vending machines.

Sports

Sandoval joins Red Sox...White Sox land LaRoche...T'wolves lose Martin

BOSTON (AP) - Saying he was looking for a new challenge, Pablo Sandoval finalized his five-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. San Francisco's former third baseman joins the Red Sox after helping the Giants to their third World Series title in five years. Boston general manager Ben Cherington says Sandoval was a primary target of the team to start the offseason.

CHICAGO (AP) - The White Sox added some much needed left-handed pop to the line-up by agreeing to a two-year, $24 million contract with Adam LaRoche. The 35-year-old first baseman hit.259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington. LaRoche will likely become the White Sox designated hitter.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin will miss the next six to eight weeks after having surgery on his fractured right wrist. He suffered the injury in a win over the Knicks last week. Martin is averaging 20.4 points per game and is shooting 48 percent on 3-pointers this season.

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Fifteenth-ranked Auburn will be without defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert for Saturday's Iron Bowl showdown with No. 2 Alabama after he had knee surgery, ending his season. Lambert leads the Tigers in sacks with 3 1/2 this season.

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Family members say Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is home after several days at a Las Vegas hospital for treatment of pneumonia. Son Danny Tarkanian says that his 84-year-old father was released Monday from Valley Hospital Medical Center

MONDAY FINALS

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final Buffalo 38 N-Y Jets 3

Final Baltimore 34 New Orleans 27

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final L-A Clippers 113 Charlotte 92

Final Cleveland 106 Orlando 74

Final Portland 114 Philadelphia 104

Final Toronto 104 Phoenix 100

Final Houston 91 New York 86

Final Indiana 111 Dallas 100

Final Chicago 97 Utah 95

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final 2OT N-Y Islanders 1 Philadelphia 0 (SO N.Y. Islanders 2-0)

Final OT Pittsburgh 3 Boston 2

Final Minnesota 4 Florida 1

Final Detroit 4 Ottawa 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final ( 3) Arizona 72 Missouri 53

Final ( 6) Louisville 87 Savannah St. 26

Final (11) Kansas 87 Rider 60

Final (12) Villanova 77 (14) VCU 53

Final (13) Iowa St. 84 Alabama 74

Final 2OT (15) San Diego St. 92 BYU 87

Final (19) Michigan 70 Oregon 63

Final (20) Michigan St. 79 Santa Clara 52

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final ( 2) Notre Dame 97 Harvard 43

Final ( 4) Tennessee 97 Tennessee St. 46

Final ( 5) Stanford 70 New Mexico 65

Final ( 7) Texas A&M 59 Prairie View 41

Final (10) Maryland 65 Loyola (Md.) 43

Hawks Stop Pepperdine

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa men's basketball team found a way to post its third victory of the season -- a 72-61 triumph -- over a scrappy Pepperdine squad Monday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes forced Pepperdine into 19 turnovers, which led to a 22-4 Iowa advantage in points off turnovers. The Waves shot just 37.3 percent from the field, but stayed competitive by making seven 3-pointers (albeit in 27 attempts).

Senior Aaron White paced the team with 17 points, making 5-of-9 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws. He also had nine rebounds and four steals in 28 minutes.

Juniors Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff scored 15 points apiece. Gesell made 4-of-7 field goals, including three 3-pointers, to post a season-high, while Uthoff went 6-of-15 from the floor and had seven rebounds.

Cyclones Down Alabama

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –No. 13 Iowa State (3-0) downed Alabama (3-1), 84-74 Monday night at the Sprint Center to move into the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic tomorrow night.

Georges Niang led the Cyclone attack with 28 points. Naz Long added 15 points and Matt Thomas came off the bench for 13 points. Long and Thomas were instrumental in helping the Cyclones hold off the surging Tide. The duo combined for 23 second-half points – Long with 13; Thomas with 10.

Monte’ Morris didn’t score in the game, but he dished out a career-high-tying 12 dimes with no turnovers to help the Cyclones hit 58.0 percent from the floor.

Illinois uses big 2nd half to top Brown, 89-68

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Aaron Cosby scored 18 points, with 13 in the first five minutes of the second half, as Illinois topped Brown 89-68 on Monday night.

After facing a halftime deficit, Illinois (4-0) came back with its defense as the Illini went on a 9-0 run to take a 46-37 lead early in the second half. During the run, the Illini picked up three steals. Former Dubuque Senior Ram Kyle Haber scored six points making 2 of 3 three point attempts grabbed a rebound and had a steal in 16 minutes of play for Brown.

High School Girls Basketball

Hempstead 46, Clinton 14

TUESDAY SCHEDULE

TOP 25 BASKETBALL

Men

No. 1 Kentucky vs. Texas-Arlington, 6 p.m.

No. 3 Arizona vs. Kansas State at Lahaina, Hawaii, 6:30 p.m.

No. 7 Texas vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 7 p.m.

No. 8 Virginia vs. Tennessee State, 6 p.m.

No. 12 Villanova vs. No. 19 Michigan at New York (Barclays Center), 9 p.m.

No. 13 Iowa State vs. Maryland at Kansas City, Mo., 8:30 p.m.

No. 14 VCU vs. Oregon at New York (Barclays Center), 6:30 p.m.

No. 15 San Diego State vs. Pittsburgh at Lahaina, Hawaii, 9 p.m.

No. 17 Miami at Charlotte, 8p.m.

No. 23 Creighton vs. Eastern Illinois, 7:00 p.m.

No. 25 Arkansas at SMU, 6:30 p.m.

NBA

Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m.

Golden State at Miami, 6:30 p.m.

Sacramento at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

Chicago at Denver, 8 p.m.

NHL

Winnipeg at Columbus, 6 p.m.

Ottawa at St. Louis, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Nashville, 7 p.m.

Edmonton at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 8 p.m.

New Jersey at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

Calgary at Anaheim, 8 p.m.