FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATE AREA FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014
TODAY: MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS. HIGH 56. SOUTH WIND 10-15 MPH.
TONIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH AREAS OF FOG OVERNIGHT. LOW 47.
TOMORROW: AREAS OF FOG EARLY, THEN MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARMER. HIGH 67.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY:
DRY SATURDAY, A CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATE SUNDAY INTO MONDAY. HIGH'S IN THE 60'S. LOW'S IN THE 30'S 7 40'S.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 9.5-FEET & RISING
Dubuque and TriState
Officials with the Dubuque Community School District are investigating a situation where a marked district van carrying several students was caught, on video, speeding. The video was recorded on Interstate 380, north of Iowa City by a citizen and then posted to Facebook. It shows the van carrying the students traveling at between 80 and 90 miles per hour. School officials have not identified the driver or any of the five students in the van, but do say they were on their way to a Model United Nations Conference in Des Moines.
The Director of Human Resources for the District, Rick Colpitts calls the situation alarming and says administrators are looking into what protocols are in place to deal with the situation. Colpitts says the driver, who is an employee of the district, has not been disciplined, but administrators are investigating what the next steps should be in the matter.
Fire in Lancaster
One person received minor injuries in an explosion and fire at a facility in Lancaster Wisconsin, late Tuesday afternoon. According to Lancaster Fire Chief Steve Braun, a printing press at Bemis Performance Packaging exploded shortly after 5PM and caused a solvent fire. The Lancaster Fire Department responded to the scene, but employees of the company had the fire mostly contained by the time the first units arrived. According to the report the printing press was heavily damaged and the building received moderate damage as a result of the incident. A damage estimate is not available yet.
One person was taken to Grant Regional Health Center by the Lancaster EMS and treated and released for injuries. In addition to the Lancaster Fire Department and EMS, crews from the Fennimore Fire Department and EMS Squad, the Lancaster Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff's department all responded to the scene. Emergency crews remained at the plant for about three hours last evening. Highway 61, on the north side of Lancaster, was closed for about a half hour, and traffic was detoured around the area.
Braun says the employees of the company responded in what he calls a "quick and effective" manner and contained the fire, which could have been much worse. He says the cause of the explosion and fire is under investigation.
3-D Mammography at Finley
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Unity Point - Finley Hospital is announcing the availability of new… and what is called the most advanced… technology for obtaining a mammogram. The equipment at Finley uses multiple images of the breast from different angles and produces a 3-D reconstruction of the breast. According to a recent study by the American Medical Association, a 3-D mammography is 41-percent better at detecting invasive breast cancer and 29-percent better at detecting all breast cancers than conventional 2-D mammography.
According to hospital officials, Finley is the first hospital in the Dubuque area to provide the 3-D technology. The images will be used by all those involved in the treatment of the breast cancer patients, including those at the Wendt Regional Cancer Center.
According to statistics, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women… exceeded only by lung cancer. Officials say the earlier the cancer can be detected, the better the chances are for survival.
Girls and STEM Grant
Money is being made available to a program that is designed to get girls interested in Science Technology Engineering and Math…or STEM programs. The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools and the Women's Giving Circle are awarding over 26-hundred dollars to fund an after-school program called "Girls Explore Building and Design". The program, which will be offered to female students from Washington and Jefferson middle schools, is part of the district's Leadership Enrichment After-school Program or LEAP.
The "girls only" program will give the students exposure to future career opportunities in areas like carpentry, electricity, welding videography and laser printing. One of the mentors of the LEAP program, Kelly Cooper says the girls will get an introduction to career opportunities they may not think are available to them. Cooper, who is the Executive Director of the Dubuque Area Labor Management Council, also says the Dubuque area needs more women involved in STEM programs in order to be competitive in the workforce.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - A small fire at a middle school in northeast Iowa has led to an early dismissal for students and staff. The Waterloo Community School District says the fire was reported yesterday morning at Bunger Middle School in Evansdale. No injuries were reported.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa telephone cooperative is getting a guaranteed loan from the federal government to increase its fiber optics network and make system improvements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said North Liberty-based South Slope Cooperative Telephone Company is getting a loan of nearly $14.7 million from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program, which makes long-term direct and guaranteed loans. The company's service area includes Amana, North Liberty, West and South Cedar Rapids, and parts of Coralville.
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A statue of a farmer leaning on a spade has been selected among 20 other sculptures as the most popular in Mason City. The work called "The Farmer," is this year's winner of the People's Choice award in the north Iowa city.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The owner of a popular Des Moines pharmacy will likely serve up to 37 months in prison for illegally selling tens of thousands of addictive painkillers to drug abusers. The Register reports an attorney representing Mark Graziano said Tuesday that his client plans to plead guilty to two of the 18 federal charges filed against him.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - President Barack Obama is stopping in Wisconsin next week to help Democrat Mary Burke in her tight race to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker, marking a rare campaign-trail stop for the president. Burke's campaign says Obama will join Burke in Milwaukee on Tuesday. First lady Michelle Obama has twice campaigned for Burke. Former President Bill Clinton is expected Friday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal judge has extended until November 12th his order blocking a Wisconsin campaign coordination law that's at the center of an investigation into Governor Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa on Wednesday extended his temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the law until November 12th. Randa also set oral arguments in the case for October 31st.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee police officer fired after shooting a man in a downtown park says he has debilitating mental health issues tied to the incident and later protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where another officer shot a man. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Officer Christopher Manney on October 15th, saying he instigated the fight that led to the shooting by doing a patdown that wasn't necessary. Manney has appealed his firing.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The unemployment rate fell in almost every Wisconsin city and county in September. The state Department of Workforce Development reported yesterday that unemployment dropped in 31 of the 32 largest cities in September and fell in 70 of the state's 72 counties.
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press
ALORTON, Ill. (AP) - The Alorton Police Department and the Illinois State Police are investigating the suspected shooting death of an East St. Louis man whose body was found in a car that ran off the road. Darian Massey was found dead early yesterday. Authorities say they are awaiting the results of an autopsy before releasing more information about the man's death.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison after DNA in another case linked him to a 2007 rape. Prosecutors say the victim was walking to work in December 2007 when Adalberto (add-ehl-BARE'-toh) Anaya grabbed her from behind and forced her into a nearby gangway at knifepoint. They say he assaulted her multiple times.
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Naperville artist is working overtime to restore a painted statue honoring fallen Chicago police officers. Diana Leviton Gondek is among several artists who put together the "Horses of Honor." Each of the 60 life-sized horse statues installed in downtown Chicago recognizes an officer killed or disabled during duty since 1853. Leviton Gondek's horse honors officer Myles Smetana.
CHICAGO (AP) - State and local officials will dedicate a new railroad bridge built to help ease the congestion that makes Chicago the worst choke point in the nation's freight rail network. The $140 million Englewood Flyover opened in late September and will be dedicated today. The structure carries Metra commuter trains over a set of tracks used by Amtrak and Norfolk Southern freight trains.
Quarantined Liberians left with no food...Canadian PM says attacks will 'strengthen our resolve'...Ice cream truck driver attacked after hitting child
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Dozens of Liberians quarantined for Ebola monitoring are threatening to break out of an isolation center because they have no food. The Liberia Broadcasting System says the 43 people were put in quarantine after four people died of Ebola in an impoverished area near the Sierra Leone border. The report says the U.N. World Food Program apparently stopped providing food to people affected by Ebola in the area.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says two attacks on Canadian soldiers this week will "lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts" to keep the country safe and work with Canada's allies to fight terrorists. A gunman yesterday shot to death a soldier standing guard at Ottawa's war memorial, and on Monday, another gunman ran over two soldiers in a parking lot in Ottawa, killing one of them. Harper describes both incidents as terrorist attacks.
LONDON (AP) - The chairman of Tesco, the world's second-biggest retailer behind Walmart, is resigning amid an accounting scandal in which the company admitted it had overstated its projected profits. Richard Broadbent says he will step down once a successor is found. The company's financial troubles continue, with a 99 percent drop in first-half net income to $9.6 million. Tesco says its estimated profits had been overstated by about 421 million dollars.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - A college professor who studies cheating at universities says the scandal at the University of North Carolina stands out among others. Howard Gardner, a professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, says the existence of fake classes and automatic grades is a pretty extreme example of cheating. An investigative report released Wednesday found that about 3,100 students at UNC took the sham classes in the school's Afro-American Studies department from 1993 to 2011. Nearly half of those students were athletes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say residents in a South Los Angeles neighborhood attacked the driver of an ice cream truck that struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike. The boy was struck last night and died later at a hospital. Police say after the child was hit, a crowd attacked the ice cream truck driver, who told police that bricks also were thrown at his truck and someone threatened him with a knife. He sustained only bruises. Police say the collision was an accident.
Final Kansas City 7 San Francisco 2 (Series tied 1-1)
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 3
Final Edmonton 3 Washington 2
Final Anaheim 4 Buffalo 1
Toronto at Ottawa postponed
Royals split with split...Arbiter says Goodell could testify in Rice appeal...NHL game postponed
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The World Series is tied at a game apiece after the Kansas City Royals erupted for five runs in the sixth inning of a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. Billy Butler had a pair of RBI singles, including a hit that broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth. Salvador Perez lined a two-run double that inning and scored on Omar Infante's two-run homer two pitches later.
UNDATED (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could participate in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension for domestic violence. A person familiar with the case has told The Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled that Goodell should testify. Since this isn't a criminal case, it's uncertain whether Goodell will actually testify in a private arbitration.
UNDATED (AP) - Yesterday's shootings in Ottawa led the National Hockey League to postpone last night's scheduled game between the Senators and the visiting Maple Leafs. The NHL said the date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced at a later date. A gunman shot and killed a Canadian soldier and was later killed.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia was expected to file a request with the NCAA for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated. The SEC's leading rusher has been suspended for the last two games while Georgia investigated allegations he broke NCAA rules by receiving improper benefits. Georgia said in the statement released this morning it "hopes for and expects" a prompt ruling by the NCAA, although it is unclear if the university has filed the request.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - An investigation released yesterday says the scale of an academic scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was far more widespread than previously reported. The investigation says the scandal included about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades. Most of the athletes involved were football players or members of the school's cherished basketball program.
District Cross Country Today
Qualifying for the Iowa High School State Boys and Girls Cross Country Meet will take place today at District sites around the state. In Class 4A; Hempstead and Western Dubuque runners will be at Cedar Falls and Senior will be at the Muscatine District Meet. In Class 3A; Wahlert will be among the teams at Manchester. In Class 2A; Cascade and Dyersville Beckman athletes will be at New Hampton and in Class 1A; Bellevue, Bellevue Marquette Catholic and Clayton Ridge will join runners at the Solon District meet.
*Grand View 3, Clarke 1
*UW-Platteville 3,UW-Oshkosh 2
*5th ranked Wisconsin blanked Iowa last night in Madison 3-0. Badgers have won 8 straight.
(men) Waldorf 3, Clarke 1
(women) Coe 1, Clarke 0