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Four Fatalities In Jo Daviess

Four people are dead following a head-on collision on Highway 20 in Jo Daviess County Thursday morning. The accident happened at around 9:20, in Tapley Woods, between Galena and Elizabeth. Authorities say a vehicle driven by 68 year old Raymond Anger of Hanover was traveling south on 20, when his vehicle veered into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a van driven by 61 year old Walter Mercer also of Hanover. Mercer, and his passengers 85 year old Patricia Fosdick and 83 year old Robert Fosdick both of Savanna were all killed, as was Anger. Another passenger in Mercer's van, 63 year old Rhonda Mercer was transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Highway 20 was shutdown for a while, while police investigated, and that investigation continues.

Traffic Safety Enforcement

As we enter the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, the Dubuque Police Department wants to remind motorists that officers will be stepping up their efforts to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday. On Wednesday the department conducted another multi-agency safety enforcement project with the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department, the Iowa State Patrol, and the City's Animal Control Office. The effort was targeted at high impact call areas of the city, and focused on traffic violations. Lt. Scott Baxter says officers made 85 contacts and a total of 64 citations were issued. Most were for driving with no insurance, defective equipment, registration violations and window tinting. One person was arrested for possession of marijuana. The project was conducted between 3 and 7pm.

Knife At Audobon

There has been another incident in which a student was caught with a pocketknife in the Dubuque Community School District. Mike Cyze, Director of School and Community Relations says a student was found to be in possession of a small pocketknife at Audobon Elementary yesterday. (Thursday) Cyze says the incident was reported by another student, who told administrators that a student had a pocketknife inside their locker. The knife was immediately confiscated and the student was removed from the school, pending the outcome of an investigation. Cyze says even though most small knives are not officially classified as weapons as defined by the state code, they can still be dangerous and are not allowed at school.

Memorial Day Travel

Triple A predicts that 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday wekend, a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year. Triple A Iowa/Minnesota Public Affairs spokesman Mark Peterson says this year's numbers are the highest travel volume for the Memorial Day Holiday in ten years. Peterson says there are a number of reasons why so many people will be on the roadways this holiday weekend. Peterson says be sure and have your vehicle serviced before hitting the road. Peterson says before traveling, make sure you get plenty of rest. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday May 21st to Monday the 25th.

Dubuque Offices Close on Memorial Day

Offices for the City of Dubuque will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. This closure will include the Dubuque City Hall and other department offices along with the Jule, the public transit system. On Memorial Day, there will be no collection for any refuse, yard waste or curbside recycling. Instead, collections will take place on Saturday. All collections need to be set outside by 6:00 AM. Also, Dubuque's Sutton and Flora Pools will be open Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day weather permitting. The pool schedules will vary until May 30. More information is available at the City of Dubuque's website.

Historic Sites to Open in Dubuque

The Old Jail Museum and the Mathias Ham House Historic Site will begin their seasons on Saturday, May 23. The Old Jail Museum will have an exhibit called "A City Divided: Dubuque During the Civil War." The Mathias Ham House will have an exhibit "At the Lead Mines" which will have a replica walk-in mine shaft and a "Badger's Hole," a miner's subterranean dwelling. Costs for both exhibits are five dollars for adults and $3.50 for children. Both of these exhibits will be featured on Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM For more information, visit the National Mississippi River Museum's website.

Regional News

Memorial Day-Roadwork

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Expected heavy traffic throughout Illinois this Memorial Day weekend has prompted the state's transportation department to stop doing any non-emergency roadwork for a few days.

In a news release, the department says roadwork will be suspended wherever possible from 3 p.m. Friday through Monday night.

But the department says that while it will open lanes wherever possible to reduce traffic congestion, there still will be plenty of roads closed in work zones around the state.

As a result, the department advises motorists to be on the lookout for lane closures and obey work zone speed limits wherever they're posted.

Bird Flu-Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Another chicken farm in Buena Vista County has tested positive for bird flu, the 17th farm in that northwest Iowa county to get the virus.

Iowa Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday did not have an immediate count on the number of chickens housed at the egg-laying facility.

The new case brings Iowa's total to 63 farms infected in 15 counties and more than 25.5 million birds dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized.

Iowa has reported 11 new outbreaks this week.

The disease prompted state officials to cancel poultry shows at fairs in the state this summer.

Across the Midwest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture puts the bird loss at nearly 39 million, mostly chickens and turkeys.

Marijuana Possession

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has passed the Illinois Senate.

Lawmakers voted 37-19 Thursday to make possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana a civil violation punishable by fines between $55 and a $125. Violators would not face jail time.

It will be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk after a second bill passes to address concerns, including allowing court clerks to expunge records of those who were fined.

Marijuana advocacy and civil liberties groups see the effort as a step toward broader marijuana decriminalization. Some Republican lawmakers object to it for the same reason.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy is the original sponsor. She has said the measure isn't about decriminalization, but addressing racial disparities in enforcing marijuana possession.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill that would legalize more fireworks sales in Iowa has won approval in the Republican-controlled state House, but its future is less clear in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The measure passed on a 53-43 vote late Wednesday. Under the proposal, retailers could sell firecrackers, roman candles and other fireworks. Currently, the state allows sales of sparklers or snakes.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, did not say if the bill would get a Senate vote, noting that Senate Democrats had not discussed the issue.

Local governments would have some power to limit or restrict firework use. Supporters have argued that the legislation would better regulate activity that is happening anyway, noting that residents are already going to border states to buy fireworks. But critics question the safety impact.

National News

Some Clinton Emails released... Weather warning... Firefight in Mexico

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - Hillary Clinton says all the information contained in her emails from her time as secretary of state related to Benghazi, Libya, was handled appropriately. The 296 emails concerning the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities that killed four people were released today by the State Department. Clinton, now running for president, received the information on her private email server.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A warning from the National Weather Service for parts of the South. Forecasters say there is a chance for severe weather, including heavy rainfall, during the Memorial Day weekend that seems likely to cause flash flooding in parts of Texas, Arkansas and the southern Plains, areas already soaked from recent storms.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Two Mexican officials say a large-scale firefight broke out today when federal forces came under fire in an area of western Mexico dominated by drug cartels. One official says a convoy of federal police and soldiers was ambushed near the border of Michoacan and Jalisco states. Neither official could confirm the number of dead, if any.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Authorities believe more than one person was responsible for the slayings of four people inside the mansion of a wealthy Washington, D.C., family. A suspect, Daron Dylon Wint, was arrested last night. A court document made public today says authorities believe "the crimes required the presence and assistance of more than one person."

PHOENIX (AP) - The Harlem Globetrotters star often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history has died. Marques Haynes was 89. The Globetrotters say Haynes died today in Plano, Texas, of natural causes. Haynes made the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, the first Globetrotter to be so honored.


Banged-up Cavs and Hawks set to go...Game 4 tonight for Rangers and Lightning...Baseball notes

ATLANTA (AP) - Both the Hawks and Cavaliers might be without a key player in tonight's second game of the NBA Eastern Conference final. Cleveland guard Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving failed to take part in this morning's shootaround because of his ailing knee, while Atlanta's DeMarre Carroll was at his team's shootaround but is still nursing his injured left knee.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay is looking to take a 3-1 lead in its best-of-seven NHL Eastern Conference final tonight with New York. After dropping the first game in New York the Lightning have won the last two. Following this evening's contest the next game will be played Sunday on the Rangers' ice.

TORONTO (AP) - Baseball could have its first seven-game winner tonight. Seattle's Felix Hernandez is going for his seventh win against just one defeat this evening as the Mariners face the Blue Jays in Toronto. Hernandez enters the game with a 2.30 earned run average.

ATLANTA (AP) - Brewers reliever Will Smith has been suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his pitching arm during a game at Atlanta. Smith plans to appeal the ruling so he will be available for tonight's game against the Braves. Smith was ejected for having rosin and sunscreen on his right forearm in the seventh inning of Thursday night's 10-1 loss.

UNDATED (AP) - Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has a new contract with the Dallas Cowboys. The two sides have agreed to a one-year contract extension that is worth $9.5 million and pushes the total value of his deal to $20 million through 2019. The 28-year-old Scandrick was Dallas' best cornerback last year.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves took advantage of Milwaukee reliever Will Smith's seventh-inning ejection for allegedly using pine tar in a 10-1 victory last night. The Braves have won five of six. Milwaukee has dropped four of six. Julio Teheran allowed two hits, one run, one walk and struck out eight in seven innings.

ATLANTA (AP) - Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected for allegedly having pine tar on his right forearm in the seventh inning last night against the Atlanta Braves. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez emerged from the dugout and asked the umpires to check if Smith had pine tar on his arm. Television cameras showed a shiny substance that was visible on Smith's forearm.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers signed third-round pick Ty Montgomery yesterday. The 6-foot receiver had five punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns during his four-year career at Stanford. General manager Ted Thompson also announced the signing of free-agent cornerback Travis Manning.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Matt Kenseth won the pole last night for the Coca-Cola 600. The Wisconsin native turned a lap at 194.252 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format for his second pole of the Sprint Cup season. Joey Logano will start alongside Kenseth on the front row Sunday night.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Frederik Andersen made 27 saves as the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 last night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal in the second period as top-seeded Anaheim bounced back from a triple-overtime loss at home in Game 2. Patrick Maroon had a power-play goal.

CHICAGO (AP) - Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings to lead the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 last night. Salazar walked three but struck out eight while giving up five hits to hand Chicago its first series loss at home. John Danks allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 last night to take two of three games. Kyle Hendricks pitched a five-hitter for his first career complete game and shutout. Hendricks struck out seven with no walks. Only one Padres baserunner advanced to second base.

NEW YORK (AP) - Lucas Duda hit two long homers to nearly the same spot yesterday during the New York Mets' 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Jacob deGrom retired his final 23 batters following a first-inning single. Michael Cuddyer had his first three-hit game of the season and also walked for a perfect day at the plate.