FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATE AREA FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014
TODAY: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH 70. SOUTH WIND 5-10 MPH.
TONIGHT: CLOUDY AND COOLER WITH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. LOW 50.
TOMORROW: A CHANCE OF SHOWERS EARLY, THEN BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY. COOL. HIGH 53.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY:
A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS SATURDAY AND MONDAAY, DRY SUNDAY. HIGH'S IN 50'S. LOW'S IN THE 30'S.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 8.1-FEET & FALLING
Dubuque and TriState
IGA Wants To Race Greyhounds
Greyhound racing may not be dead in Dubuque after all. A license to operate greyhound racing next year in Dubuque has been requested by the Iowa Greyhound Association. Unless a license is granted by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, greyhound racing in Dubuque is still uncertain next spring. In June, Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill ending greyhound racing in Iowa. At the time there were only two gaming facilities in the state that operated greyhound tracks.....Mystique Casino in Dubuque and the Bluffs Run in Council Bluffs. As part of the legislation, both Mystique and Bluffs Run agreed to a 70 million dollar buyout that will mostly go to kennel breeders and owners. According to the IRGC's website, the application request by the IGA is just the first step. A license would have to be approved by the commission.
Mission Opens Second Store
Shoppers looking for a bargain in downtown Dubuque now have an additional option… which is really an expansion of an existing thrift shop. The Dubuque Rescue Mission, for years, has operated a thrift shop in the basement of it's building at 4th and Main, and now it is expanding. The Executive Director of the Mission, Rick Mihm says the second store… at the corner of 2nd and Locust… was badly needed.
The second location for the Mission's thrift store is in the space formerly occupied by Advanta Signs, and Mihm says he is pleased with the spot, mainly because of its visibility.
Mihm says the Dubuque Rescue Mission has been in existence in Dubuque for 83 years and has enjoyed the strong support of the community for all that time. He says he hopes the second thrift store location make it easier for resident to continue to support the Mission.
Job Training Grant
Iowa's Community Colleges, including Northeast Iowa Community College have received a 15 million dollars U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant. The grant program and training proposal was led by Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, and will be used to build training capacity statewide in the employment sectors of information Technology, Healthcare, Utilities and Manufacturing. All 15 community colleges will reeceive a portion of the 15 million, and NICC will apply the funding toward training programs in the information technology job sector.
NICC President Liang Chee Wee says the grant will enable them to expand their education and training programs to equip Iowans in NICC's district with sought-after skills to pursue family-sustaining careers and to provide the skilled workforce needed by industry partners to grow in their communities. NICC grant activities include creating pathways from non-credit to credit courses, developing new non-credit certificates, developing new credit programs and certificates, and incorporating work-based learning experiences for students.
White Street Reopens
The reconstruction of a major street in the central part of Dubuque has been completed and White Street has now been fully reopened to traffic. The White Street Repaving project started back in mid-May and has caused lane closures and delays for drivers during the last 4 months. In addition to the repaving, crews did other projects, including improvements to traffic signals, which caused several cross streets, like East 14th, to be closed at various times during the project. The repaving project covered the area from 11th Street north to 21st Street.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University student has been found dead in her apartment on campus, but authorities say no foul play is suspected. University police say the woman was found unresponsive Tuesday night in a University Village apartment on the Ames campus.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state audit of the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District office alleges more than $279,000 was improperly taken and cash not properly deposited by a former secretary over seven years. Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman says in a report released yesterday her office investigated financial irregularities at the request of state agriculture department officials. The audit shows cash withdrawn from commission accounts numerous times from 2006 to 2013 by Jessica Strasser, the former office secretary who resigned in August 2013.
GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) - Officials in western Iowa say a new law enforcement center will house both men and women. Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos says the facility has the capacity to separate the inmates. It can house up to 45 inmates. The Daily Nonpareil reports the new facility in Glenwood will mean less female inmates at the Adams County jail in Corning, where they're often held after a transfer.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A campaign spokesman for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley says he collected $2.8 million during the latest fundraising quarter. Jeff Giertz said yesterday that Braley had raised the funds between July 1st and Sept. 30th.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The race for Wisconsin governor has all the appearances of a typical campaign, with attack ads airing and candidates arguing their proposals. There's just one complication. Most people in Wisconsin appear to have already made up their minds about Scott Walker. A Marquette University Law School poll released yesterday shows Walker, the Republican incumbent, slightly ahead of Democrat Mary Burke by 5 points among likely voters. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The World Dairy Expo is offering interpreters to help hundreds of international visitors feel at home in Madison. Ron Eustice, an interpreter who speaks six languages, tells the Wisconsin State Journal that his fellow volunteers try to make the expo's foreign attendees feel more comfortable by using a language they understand with a dose of Wisconsin hospitality. The expo opened Tuesday with 639 foreign attendees registered by mid-afternoon.
SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - Police in Superior are asking for the public's help in finding whoever fatally shot a young man at his home. WDIO-TV reports 20-year-old Garth Velin was pronounced dead not far from the scene of the shooting Tuesday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The federal government is suing a Wisconsin company over its wellness program, saying the business cannot require employees to participate and punish those who don't. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said yesterday that it had filed suit against Flambeau, Incorporated, a plastics manufacturer based in Baraboo.
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One at the Gary-Chicago International Airport and headed for Chicago. The president used the Gary airport to avoid snarling air traffic at O'Hare International Airport. O'Hare has been adversely affected by sabotage at the air traffic control center in Aurora.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says air traffic controllers managed more operations at O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday than at any other airport. That's despite the sabotage last week at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center. A Naperville man is charged with setting a fire Friday at the control center.
CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she'd intended. Jennifer Cramblett says she found out she was impregnated with the wrong sperm in April 2012 while five months pregnant with her daughter Payton. Cramblett says she and her partner had carefully examined donor profiles at Midwest Sperm Bank to find a match based on physical characteristics, education and family history.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois woman and her son are charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. U.S. Magistrate Jonathan Hawley ordered Denise Taylor held by the U.S. Marshals Service and set a detention hearing for October 9th. Brendin Williams is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections and is scheduled to appear in court with his mother.
Warning to Hong Kong protesters ... Monitoring people close to an Ebola victim ... Tropical Storm Simon forms
HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong police are warning of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to occupy or surround government buildings, as they've threatened to do if the territory's leader doesn't resign by midnight tonight. Tensions are growing with the approach of the deadline set by students demanding that the city's Beijing-backed top leader, Leung Chun-ying, step down. The students are pushing for electoral reforms China's leaders are refusing to allow.
DALLAS (AP) - Health officials are tracking down anyone who may have come in close contact with a Liberian man who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus after he arrived in the U.S. Thomas Eric Duncan is in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after twice going to the hospital for treatment. The first time he was sent home. Health officials want to monitor the relatives Duncan has been visiting in Texas, as well as the ambulance crew that brought him to the hospital.
MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Simon has formed in the Pacific off Mexico's southwestern coast. The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with some strengthening expected over the next two days. But the National Hurricane Center in Miami says Simon is on a track that will gradually take it away from the coast. It is expected to produce up to 5 inches of rain through tomorrow in western Mexico, and swells on the coast could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The man charged with abducting a University of Virginia student was mentioned in a police file in connection with a sexual assault at a different university. Christopher Newport University in Virginia says Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. was included in a campus police file stemming from an on-campus sexual assault on September 7, 2003. Matthew left school afterward but was never charged with a crime. Today, he's scheduled to appear in court on an unrelated traffic offense.
DUBLIN (AP) - Legend has it that Celtic warriors once charged into battle naked. Things aren't that bad in the modern Irish army, but its union chief says soldiers must wage a daily battle for uniforms. Mark Scally says the difficulty of finding clothes that fit has become so dire that, before the state funeral of a former prime minister this year, soldiers had to scramble to borrow colleagues' uniforms, switching labels and rank badges to assemble an honor guard.
Giants rout Bucs...Setback for Cards' Palmer...Davis No. 1 with Rams...Bridgewater iffy
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Madison Bumgarner tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam as the San Francisco Giants ripped Pittsburgh 8-0 to win the National League Wild Card Game. Crawford went deep in the fourth inning before Brandon Belt added two hits and three RBIs. Next up for the Giants are the Nationals, with the first two games of the NL division series to be played in Washington.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona coach Bruce Arians says quarterback Carson Palmer was seeing another specialist after his injured shoulder regressed following some throwing last week. Arians says Palmer's condition is "fairly close" to what it was when he first hurt the shoulder in the season-opening win over San Diego. If Palmer's damaged nerve doesn't improve in a hurry, backup Drew Stanton will get his third straight start when the Cardinals play at Denver on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Austin Davis will be the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old Davis has sparked the Rams offense, throwing for 754 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, while completing 72 percent of his passes. His 93.1 quarterback rating is ninth-highest among NFC quarterbacks.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have listed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as questionable for tonight's game at Green Bay. Bridgewater sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start Sunday, a victory over Atlanta. He was back on the sideline before the end of the game without crutches, and an MRI showed no major damage.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Rory McIlroy has been voted the PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three years. He hit his stride in the summer and won the British Open and the PGA Championship, with a World Golf Championship in between. McIlroy finished the PGA Tour season with three victories, led the tour with 12 top-10 finishes and never placed worse than 25th.
College Men's Soccer
Loras 1, Dubuque 0
Wheaton 4, UW Platteville 2
College Women's Soccer
Dubuque 3, Loras 2 (2ot)
Clarke 1, Ashford 1 ( 2 ot)
UW Whitewater 2, UW Platteville 1
Coe 3, Loras 0
Dubuque 3, Luther 1