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FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATES, TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015

TODAY: MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH 62. NORTHWEST WIND 5-15 MPH.

TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW 37. NORTHWEST WIND 5-10 MPH.

TOMORROW: SUNNY, BREEZY AND WARM. HIGH 74. SOUTHEAST WIND 10-20 MPH &

GUSTY.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY:

A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THURSDAY, DRY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. HIGH'S IN THE 60'S THURSDAY, THE 40'S FRIDAY, THE 50'S SATURDAY . LOW'S IN THE 30'S.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 8.3-FEET & RISING

Dubuque and TriState

Former Clarke Bookstore Director Sentenced

The former director of the Clarke University bookstore will spend four years in prison for his role in a fraud scheme. 35 year-old James Spaulding was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to charges of mail fraud and filing false tax returns last December. Spaulding and an accomplice set up a fake company called RVP Wholesale Books in July of 2011. Spaulding would submit phony invoices to RVP to his superiors at Clarke, then he and his accomplice, Thomas DeFelice, would cash the checks paid out by Clarke. The payments totaled more than 300-thousand dollars. In addition to his prison term, Spaulding has also been ordered to pay nearly 320-thousand dollars in restitution to Clarke and the University's insurance company. DeFelice has been charged with conspiracy to file false tax returns. He's expected to plead guilty today.

Man Accused of Offering Booze for Underage Sex

A Dubuque man is accused of offering alcohol to underage girls in exchange for sex. 51 year-old Michael Ball was taken into custody yesterday morning. He's now charged with enticing a child, harassment, indecent exposure, and providing alcohol to a minor. Police report that neighbors told them that Ball had been sending sexually explicit text messages to several underage girls beginning in May of last year. Police say that Ball also gave the girls alcohol in exchange for sexual favors, but the girls never performed any sex acts. Ball is also accused of exposing himself to at least two of the girls. Police say that further charges could be filed.

Special Enforcement on Kelly Lane, Dodge Street

Dubuque Police are reporting the results of a special enforcement project that was conducted on Kelly Lane and Dodge Street Sunday afternoon. For the first half of the project, officers kept a close eye on the westbound lanes of the 2200 block of Dodge Street, near the on-ramp from Lombard Street. Officers issued a total of nineteen citations, seventeen of them for speeding. Police say the average speed of vehicles traveling through the area was nearly seventeen miles per hour over the 45 miles per hour speed limit. The second half of the enforcement project focused on Kelly Lane, near its intersection with Edwards Street. There officers wrote out nine speeding tickets and two warnings. Officers say that drivers on Kelly Lane were traveling at an average of nearly 38 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

Holiday Campsite Reservations Going Fast

Campsite are expected to go quickly when the Iowa Department of Natural Resources opens reservations for July 4th weekend. Registration will open on Friday and Sherry Arntzen from the DNR says they expect campsites to completely fill up. In addition to signing up for campsite space for the Fourth of July, Arntzen says the state parks in our area still have some limited availability for Memorial Day weekend. Even if the reservations completely fill up, Arntzen says there will be some spaces that can be accessed on those holiday weekends. To make a reservation at any of Iowa's state parks, you can log on to IowaDNR.gov.

Ernst Supports Obama’s Afghanistan Troop Level Freeze

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is praising President Obama for his decision to maintain current troop levels in Afghanistan through the end of the year. Obama decided to slow the US exit after meeting with the Afghan president last week. Ernst says while she doesn't often support decisions that Obama makes, this is an exception. Ernst says that the US needs to avoid having Afghanistan fall into the chaos that has come to Iraq following the removal of American troops. There are currently about 10-thousand US troops on the ground in Afghanistan, down from 100-thousand four years ago.

School Funding Debate Continues

Democrats in the Iowa Senate say they'll continue to fight for an increase in the amount of aid the state provides school districts. Senate Democrats have proposed a four percent increase the allowable growth for districts, while the Republican-controlled House has called for an increase of just one-and-a-quarter percent. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs says Democrats believe Iowa's students are worth fighting for. State law requires the Legislature to set the amount of supplemental aid more than a year in advance, but lawmakers failed to do so last year and have not been able to reach a compromise this session either.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A safety research organization is urging Iowa to toughen its rules for teenager driver's licenses. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says a study shows Iowa could more than halve its rate of fatal teen accidents if a stronger driver's license law were adopted. The institute says Iowa should increase its licensing age to 17 years old from the current 16.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A former Clarke University employee must serve nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding the school of more than $300,000. Former university bookstore manager James Spaulding also was ordered yesterday to pay almost $319,000 in restitution. Authorities say Spaulding submitted invoices to buy books from a company he established with a friend.

BOONE, Iowa (AP) - Attorneys are expected to deliver their opening statements today in the second trial of a man accused of killing his former roommate in 2009. A Boone County jury was seated yesterday for the trial of 55-year-old John Green. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Mark Koster in Sac City.

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Two nearly 200-year-old trees are facing the ax due to growth at Iowa State University. The 192-year-old hackberry tree and 171-year-old black walnut tree will be cut down this spring to make room for a new dormitory. Officials say the site where the trees reside was intended for future growth in student housing, and now the university needs the space.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) - Former Illinois deputy treasurer Raja Krishnamoorthi says he'll run for U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth's seat now that she's announced her bid for U.S. Senate. Krishnamoorthi made the announcement Tuesday, a day after Duckworth said she would enter the race for Republican Senator Mark Kirk's seat. Duckworth defeated Krishnamoorthi in the 2012 Democratic primary.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is starting an effort to fight sexual assault in the state and increase prosecutions of the crime. Madigan's office says she is planning to hold a news conference Tuesday in Chicago. She'll be joined by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

CHICAGO (AP) - A 31-year-old Chicago man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for attempting to hire a hit man to kill a Cook County assistant state's attorney. Edward Carreon was sentenced on Monday. Prosecutors say Carreon talked to a fellow inmate about recruiting a hit man to kill the attorney who prosecuted and helped convict him of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A Bur oak tree estimated to be more than 200 years old may be threatened by a developer's construction plans in the northern Illinois city of Waukegan. The tree is growing at a busy intersection outside a bank that's slated for demolition. City Planner Russ Tomlin says officials will take a "long look" at the matter before making any decisions.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. (AP) - A funeral service is scheduled for a Marinette County man authorities say was killed by a bank robbery suspect who later fatally shot a state trooper. A visitation and service will be held today for 59-year-old Thomas Christ (krist) at a Wausaukee church. Authorities say Christ was killed last week after encountering Steven Snyder.

(Information in the following story is from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A state hearing examiner says a prison guard who bullied a colleague who later committed suicide was properly fired. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission examiner cites an internal investigation following the guard's death in which dozens of staffers were interviewed at Oakhill Correctional Institution. The examiner found Oakhill failed to investigate or properly respond to allegations of bullying and harassment among staff at the Fitchburg prison.

(Information in the following story is from: WTMJ-TV, http://www.todaystmj4.com)

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - Kenosha police are looking for a driver who fled on foot after crashing a vehicle in the front yard of a home. Debris littered the yard in Kenosha where the suspect rammed into a parked car, flipping it over earlier today. WTMJ-TV reports police began chasing the driver because the vehicle didn't have its lights on.

SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have declared the shooting death of a 68-year-old South Milwaukee woman as a homicide. Police initially reported Scheherazade Mae Chadwick was killed last week in an accidental shooting, but they announced yesterday that she actually was the victim of a homicide. Officers found Chadwick's body inside a home last week.

National News

Iran talks wrapping up...Iraqi troops in center of Tikrit...Indiana governor defends law

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Russia's foreign minister has arrived in the Swiss city where Iran and six world powers -- including Russia -- have been trying to reach an agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program. His arrival is a sign that the talks are wrapping up, as a deadline for a framework understanding arrives. Officials say there will be a general statement agreeing only to continue the talks in a new phase.

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's prime minister says Iraqi forces have reached the center of Tikrit in their push to retake the city from the Islamic State group. He says security forces already have retaken neighborhoods on the southern and western edges of the city and are moving to control the entire city. The large-scale operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown began on March 2. It stalled until U.S. forces joined the offensive, launching airstrikes last week.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's governor is continuing to defend the state's new religious objections law, which has sparked widespread criticism of Indiana. He told Fox News today that the law wasn't intended "to create a license to discriminate" against gays and lesbians as the law mentions neither. Mike Pence says the law has been "mischaracterized" by "some on the left" and "some in the national media." He says he stands by the law but that his staff and lawmakers worked into last night on language to clarify it and address the discrimination concerns.

WASHINGTON (AP) - More homes are financially out-of-reach for would-be home buyers. A closely-watched index of home prices finds that they rose by 4.6 percent in January from 12 months earlier. Prices are rising at a faster pace than earnings, making it harder for buyers to save for a down payment and afford a monthly mortgage. Fewer Americans are listing their homes for sale, and the tight supply has kept prices higher.

CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) - More than a year and a-half after two young brothers were killed by an escaped python, police in Canada are charging a man with criminal negligence causing death. The python escaped its enclosure inside the man's apartment in New Brunswick, where the boys were staying for a sleepover. He owns an exotic pet store.

Sports

MONDAY FINALS

NBA

L.A. Lakers 113, Philadelphia 111, OT

Boston 116, Charlotte 104

Atlanta 101, Milwaukee 88

Toronto 99, Houston 96

Memphis 97, Sacramento 83

Utah 104, Minnesota 84

Portland 109, Phoenix 86

NHL

Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3

Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1

Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1

Calgary 5, Dallas 3

Edmonton 4, Colorado 1

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1

Nets and Pacers in key NBA matchup...NIT semi's tonight...College coaching jobs filled...Women's Final Four set

NEW YORK (AP) - Brooklyn's Nets have something the Indiana Pacers want: the final playoff berth in the NBA's Eastern Conference. Entering tonight's game in New York between the two clubs the Nets top the Pacers by a half game. Brooklyn comes in having won seven of its last 10 while Indiana has lost seven of its last 10 games.

NEW YORK (AP) - Semifinal play in the National Invitation Tournament is tonight in New York. The four teams that earned a spot in the semi's in Madison Square Garden are Miami, Temple, Old Dominion and Stanford. The championship game will be Thursday night.

UNDATED (AP) - Two Division I schools have filled coaching vacancies. St. John's has named former star Chris Mullen to run things from the bench while George Mason has hired Dave Paulsen. For Mullen it's his first head coaching job while Paulsen joins the Patriots from Bucknell, where he was a three-time Patriot League coach of the year.

UNDATED (AP) - The scene is set for the women's Final Four. Winners last night were Connecticut and Maryland and they will join South Carolina and Notre Dame in Tampa this Sunday for the national semifinals. The championship game will be played in Tampa next Tuesday.

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - The baseball players association is considering litigation in support of Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. Despite having a great spring training camp Bryant was sent to the team's minor league camp. The bottom line to all this is if the 23-year-old spends 12 or more days in the minor leagues, Chicago would delay him from becoming eligible for free agency by one year, until after the 2021 season, according to baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

Malone And Shaw Honored By USHL

Dubuque Fighting Saints Seamus Malone and Hayden Shaw have been honored with a weekly award by the USHL. Malone has been named co-recipient of the Forward of the Week Award. Malone tallied six points, by netting four goals and dishing two assists over three games this past weekend. Malone scored five of those points in Friday's 8-1 victory over Madison by getting his 2nd consecutive hat trick and dealing two assists. Shaw was named Defenseman of the Week for second straight week after recording six points with two goals and 4 assists over the three game stretch.

Redman Honored By M.C.C.

Clarke University senior pitcher Andrew Redman has been cited by Midwest Collegiate Conference. The former Hempstead prep was named the conference Pitcher of the Week after tossing a complete game no hitter in the Crusaders 12-0 victory on Sunday over William Penn. Redman struck out eight and only walked one batter in the effort.

Women's Lacrosse

St. Mary's 17, Loras 5

High School Baseball

Eastland 3, Galena 0

East Dubuque 10, Lena-Winslow 4

College Men's Golf

The University of Dubuque finished 5th and Loras finished 17th following the 2nd day of play at the Webster University Gorlock Invitational. The Spartans shot 637, the Duhawks scored 682.. The meet was won by Central carding at team score of 597.

TUESDAY SCHEDULE

NIT- Semifinals

At New York

Miami vs. Temple, 6 p.m.

Stanford vs. Old Dominion, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Atlanta at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Miami, 7 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

NHL

Florida at Boston, 6 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 6 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 6 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.