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Weather Forecast

Forecast for Dubuque and the Tri-States, Friday, January 30, 2015

Today: Mostly sunny. High 25. North wind 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 19. South wind 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow: Increasing cloudiness with a chance of snow Saturday night. High 34. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

Extended outlook Sunday through Tuesday:

Snow likely Sunday, dry Monday, another chance of snow Tuesday. Highs in the 20s Sunday, the teens Monday, the 30s Tuesday. Lows in the single digits and teens.

Dubuque and TriState

Street Lights Shot Out

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office is trying to figure out who’s been shooting out street lights around the county over the past month. Captain Dale Synder says a small caliber rifle was used on all but one of the lights. The intersections where lights have been targeted are all along either US Highway 151 or 52 to the south and west of Dubuque. If you have information about this crime, contact the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office.

ID4PD Webpage Launches

The Dubuque Police Department wants the public to feel safe when they're supplying the department with information about persons or vehicles of interest, so the department has launched a webpage designed to allow and encourage the public to help. Lt. Scott Baxter says the webpage can be accessed by navigating through the city's main website. Baxter says someone often has information about a crime, but may be hesitant to step up because of fear of retaliation. He says they're hopeful that the webpage can take away that fear. Baxter encourages citizens to save the webpage and visit as often as they like because law enforcement frequently relies on the public's help in solving and preventing crimes.

Dubuque Man Gets 50 Years for Cab Murder

50 years is the sentence for a Dubuque man who kidnapped and killed a Platteville, Wisconsin taxi cab driver last June. 26 year old Timothy L. Johnson was sentenced today in Grant County Circuit Court. Police says he robbed, then kidnapped Merle Forbes after Forbes picked him up on June 12th. When Johnson was arrested the next day, Forbes' body was found in the trunk of the cab. Johnson admitted to stabbing Forbes, but says he really intended to kill himself.

Grant County Traffic Fatality

A Fennimore man is dead following a bizarre accident on US Highway 61 Thursday morning. 60 year-old Donald J. Martin of Bagley was pulling a trailer that contained large round bales of hay with his pickup. As Martin turned from Circle Road south onto Highway 61, two of the unsecured bales of hay fell into the southbound lane of 61. A car driven by 48 year-old Robert Kuhn of Fennimore swerved to miss the hay and collided head-on with car driven by 42 year-old Nathan Harris of Lancaster. Kuhn was pronounced dead at the scene. Harris was transported to Grant Regional Hospital and later to UW-Hospital in Madison where his condition is unknown. So far no charges have been filed, and the crash remains under investigation.

Walker: A Stronger UW System

Earlier this week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced a plan to give the University of Wisconsin System full flexibility of it's uses of state resources so it could better serve people seeking a higher education. Under the plan, Walker says UW-System will receive a block grant and have independent authority over spending. Walker says freezing tuition at UW System schools over the next two years is a major priority. Walker says the 150 million in savings will ensure fiscal certainty for the UW System in years to come.

Alarms Installed At Sheridan Village

Red Cross volunteers and members of the Dubuque Fire Department will be installing smoke alarms on Saturday in Sheridan Village Apartments. The installation of the smoke alarms is being done as part of a nationwide campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Sheridan Village Apartments is where two separate fires broke out twice in different buildings at the complex in November and December. Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines says beginning at 9 am. Saturday, they'll be going door-to-door installing smoke alarms and sharing fire safety information. He says they hope to wrap things up by 3 pm. Steines says both of the fires at Sheridan Village, were fires that started inside bedrooms. Volunteers and fire fighters will be installing 150 smoke alarms in the bedrooms at Sheridan Village Apartments.

WD Superintendent Candidates Announced

The Western Dubuque School Board has announced the four finalists for the district's superintendent position. They include current Western Dubuque High School principal Dave Hoeger; Osage superintendent Steve Bass; Dirk Halupnik, the current deputy superintendent at Linn-Mar; and Rick Colpitts, executive director of human resources for Dubuque Community Schools. The finalists will be interviewed during the week of February 9. The district is seeking to replace current superintendent Jeff Corkery, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

County Road Projects on Hold

A couple of Dubuque County road projects that have been in the works are now in question, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Daryl Klein. Klein says that cost estimates on Hales Mill Road in Asbury are far beyond what the Supervisors had planned. Klein says some historical sites have been found along the project, which would cost the county as much as 700-thousand dollars to move or replace.

Klein says the status of the Hales Mill project is currently at a standstill. Another project that has fallen behind schedule is the resurfacing of Farley Road, which Klein says the board had hoped would be much further along going into the upcoming construction season. Klein made his comments this week on KDTH's "Voice of the Tri-States," which airs each weekday afternoon at 12:30.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company has plans to move 175 jobs out of Des Moines to its Ohio headquarters. Company spokesman Eric Hardgrove tells the Register the company's home mortgage operations will be relocated to headquarters in Columbus, Ohio by mid-2016. Nationwide employs more than 4,000 people in Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Senate panel has advanced a bill that would let school districts in Iowa decide whether to start classes earlier in August. Members of an education subcommittee voted yesterday in favor of advancing the bill, which would remove authority from the state education department to issue waivers that allow school districts to start early. The department recently released new guidelines for the waivers, which in the past were issued automatically.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Members of a House panel have rejected a bill that would have expanded the ability of children to use a crossbow to hunt deer in Iowa. The natural resources subcommittee tabled the bill yesterday. Bill sponsor Representative Matt Windschitl, a Missouri Valley Republican, says he will work with interested parties to reword the bill for a future session.

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA Development League has suspended Iowa Energy forward Jarnell Stokes for three games and teammate Kalin Lucas for two games for fighting on the bench Tuesday night. The league announced the suspensions Thursday.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is asking that the lead investigator probing allegations of opiate over prescription and retaliatory practices at a VA hospital in Tomah take into account the testimony of whistleblowers. In a letter Thursday, Baldwin asked that VA Under Secretary Carolyn Clancy consider concerns not addressed in an earlier report. Clancy is on her way to Tomah and will make a statement today.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has ordered immediate cost-saving moves after Governor Scott Walker announced he wants to slash the system's funding. Cross sent a memo Wednesday to all employees involved in system administration ordering immediate moratoriums on hiring non-essential state-funded positions, out-of-state travel, raises and promotions.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Republican leader of the Wisconsin state Senate is renewing his call for passage of a right-to-work bill. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald issued a statement yesterday. Right-to-work laws prevent private-sector employers from forcing workers to join a union or pay dues as a condition of employment.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - An Ellison Bay man says the NFL is making good on a pledge made after a Super Bowl ticket debacle four years ago in Texas. Pete D'Amico and his son were among hundreds of fans who had tickets, but were initially turned away because temporary seating was deemed unsafe. WULK-TV reports effected fans were given the option of a monetary reimbursement or tickets to a future Super Bowl. D'Amico chose the game.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continues to hammer away at the unions and government bureaucracies he believes are behind many of state's problems. He said he'd like to put more money into the University of Illinois. He said first the university must make cuts in its own bureaucracy. University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise says university administrators will work with the governor to find places to cut bureaucracy.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Associated Press has found that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is paying top staff members significantly more than those who worked for his predecessor. The AP review found annual salaries of 10 top staffers in the Republican's administration outpace those of comparable aides to ex-Governor Pat Quinn by roughly $380,000.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Barrington man who engaged in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Prosecutors say Daniel Spitzer used money he raised from investors for his own benefit and to make Ponzi-type payments to investors. Court records indicate Spitzer headed several investment funds.

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The new director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says his farming and military experience will help make for a smooth transition. Former State Representative Wayne Rosenthal takes over the top spot at the natural resources department from Marc Miller. Rosenthal stepped down from the state representative post that he was first elected to in 2010.

National News

Romney not running...Federal probe of Denver police shooting sought...Tiger's tale of woe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's presidential aspirations are no more. He told supporters during a conference call that he won't make a third bid for the White House. Romney, who is 67, took what's being considered a slight parting shot at moderate rival Jeb Bush. He said that the next nominee will be a leader who is just getting started and may not have high name recognition.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama will be at the National Prayer Breakfast next week in Washington. It will be the first time the two men have been together in nearly a year. While the president and the Tibetan spiritual leader could have a chance encounter at the event Thursday, the White House is playing down any official engagement between the two. China considers the Dalai Lama an anti-Chinese separatist.

DENVER (AP) - The family of a 17-year-old girl who was shot to death by Denver police while driving a stolen car is calling for a federal civil rights investigation into her death. Police say Jessica Hernandez was killed Monday when she drove the car toward an officer. But a passenger in the car disputes the police account. The family says it doesn't trust Denver police to conduct a fair and timely investigation.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is weighing in on the measles outbreak traced to Disneyland in Southern California that has grown to about 100 cases. Press Secretary Josh Earnest says science indicates parents should vaccinate their children. Earnest says the science on vaccinations "is really clear."

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Cats don't like water. Playing in drizzly conditions in Arizona at the TPC Scottsdale, Tiger Woods had the worst score of his career today, an 82. Woods had problems with long and short shots and at times wound up in a water hazard and desert brush. The high score means he'll be scratched from the tournament.

Sports

Goodell on the state of the NFL... Tiger misses the cut

PHOENIX (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could face increased penalties if the league's investigation finds they violated rules by deflating footballs in the AFC championship game. Goodell says at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference Friday: "We have rules. We're a league of rules." Patriots owner Robert Kraft has said he expects the investigation to determine his team did nothing wrong, and he wants an apology from the NFL.

PHOENIX (AP) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says it will be Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected. Carroll calling New England "extraordinary" in the challenges they present, while Pats coach Bill Belichick says he has "all the respect in the world" for the returning Super Bowl champions.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Never in his more than 12-hundred rounds of professional golf had Tiger Woods shot an 82. But he did today, missing the cut and looking lost on the Phoenix Open. Woods was in last place when he left the course, headed home to Florida practice before returning next week to Torrey Pines outside San Diego.

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) - The search for a head football coach to lead the six-time Division III national champion University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is over. Defensive assistant coach Kevin Bullis will inherit the football dynasty, replacing Lance Leipold, who left to take the head coaching job at Buffalo.

THURSDAY FINALS

NBA

Final Milwaukee 115 Orlando 100

Final Indiana 103 New York 82

Final Memphis 99 Denver 69

In 2OT's L-A Lakers 123 Chicago 118

NHL

Final Boston 5 N-Y Islanders 2

Final Montreal 1 N-Y Rangers 0

Final Philadelphia 5 Winnipeg 2

Final Arizona 3 Toronto 1

Final Florida 3 Columbus 2

Final Dallas 6 Ottawa 3

Final Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 1

Final 2OT St. Louis 5 Nashville 4 (SO St. Louis 2-1)

Final Minnesota 1 Calgary 0

Final Edmonton 3 Buffalo 2

Final San Jose 6 Anaheim 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final ( 1) Kentucky 69 Missouri 53

Final ( 3) Gonzaga 64 Portland 46

Final UCLA 69 (11) Utah 59

Final Ohio St. 80 (16) Maryland 56

Visitation for Ernie Banks to be held in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Fans will get a chance to pay their respects to Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks. On Friday a visitation at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago will be held between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. A memorial service is planned at the same church Saturday. Banks died last Friday at the age of 83 after suffering a heart attack. Since Wednesday, fans have been flocking to Daley Plaza, where a statue of the Hall of Famer was placed and will remain through Saturday. Banks is the most beloved and famous player in Cubs history. In his 19-year career with the Cubs he hit 512 home runs and was twice voted the National League's Most Valuable Player.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jordan Hill scored 26 points as the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their nine-game losing streak in thrilling fashion with a 123-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night. Wayne Ellington scored 23 points for the Lakers. All-Star Jimmy Butler matched his career high with 35 points for the Bulls.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Matt Tiby scored 19 points as Milwaukee defeated Illinois-Chicago 71-65 last night. Tiby added 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season. Steve McWhorter scored 17 points. The Panthers have beaten the Flames in 13 of their last 15 meetings.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Kris Dunn scored 27 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Providence to an 83-72 victory over DePaul yesterday. It was the first triple-double ever for a Friars player in a Big East game. Tommy Hamilton scored 22 points for DePaul.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators last night. Jaden Schwartz, T.J. Oshie, Steve Ott and Ryan Reaves all scored in regulation for the Blues. Mike Fisher scored twice and added an assist for Nashville. The Predators finished 3-1-1 against the Blues this season.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points as the Milwaukee Bucks ended a 17-game losing streak in Orlando with a 115-100 victory last night. The Bucks never trailed and placed seven players in double figures. Brandon Knight had 16 points and eight assists. The Bucks led 59-44 halftime and then blew open the game in the third period.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Matt Tiby scored 19 points as Milwaukee defeated Illinois-Chicago 71-65 last night. Tiby added 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season. Steve McWhorter scored 17 points. The Panthers have beaten the Flames in 13 of their last 15 meetings.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - An Ellison Bay man says the NFL is making good on a pledge made after a Super Bowl ticket debacle four years ago. Pete D'Amico and his son were among hundreds of fans who had tickets but were initially turned away because temporary seating was deemed unsafe. Affected fans were given the option of a monetary reimbursement or tickets to a future Super Bowl. D'Amico chose the game.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - New Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst is reinforcing recruiting ties back in his home state with national signing day approaching. Chryst returned to Wisconsin from Pittsburgh. Chryst was born in Madison and played at Wisconsin. He says it is important to keep Wisconsin's best players home.

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

TOP 25MEN'S BASKETBALL

No. 6 Arizona vs. Oregon State, 9 p.m.

NBA

Minnesota at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.

Portland at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 6:30 p.m.

Toronto at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Dallas at Miami, 7 p.m.

Golden State at Utah, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.

NHL

Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 6 p.m.

St. Louis at Carolina, 6 p.m.

Nashville at Colorado, 8 p.m.

Buffalo at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Chicago at Anaheim, 9 p.m.