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Rentech And New Tenant

Rentech Nitrogen Partners, which operates a plant just outside of East Dubuque has reached an agreement with one of its customers that will mean more jobs for the area. Rentech has announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Tessenderlo Kerley, Incorporated or TKI to supply the company with ammonia produced from its East Dubuque, Illinois facility. The ammonia will be used by TKI to produce TKI's brand of liquid fertilizer. According to the agreement, TKI will lease property from Rentech Nitrogen next to the East Dubuque facility to build a new plant to manufacture the TKI liquid fertilizer. Company officials say TKI will own, construct, and operate the new production plant. Construction is expected to begin as soon as the company receives the approval of all the necessary permits. No time frame was indicated for completion. The plant will reportedly employ 16 people after it is opened. In making the announcement, officials say the new plant is expected to enhance TKI's position as the world's largest producer of sulfur-based liquid fertilizers.

Grant County 9-11 Outage

A severed fiber-optic line disrupted 9-11 service between Lancaster and Platteville in Grant County for just less than 4 hours yesterday afternoon. Grant County Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Braun says the outage affected the communities of Platteville, Dickeyville, Hazel Green, Potosi and Cuba City. Braun said callers trying to reach the Grant County Sheriff's Department were getting busy signals, and that the outage affected cell phones in some of those communities. He also said while some towns could not receive landline calls, landline calls were going through to other communities. The outage was reported at around 3:30 yesterday afternoon and service was restored around 7PM.

Dubuque Drug Bust

Two men were arrested after police executed a search warrant at a business on Jackson Street Thursday afternoon. Based on an ongoing narcotics investigation, members of the Dubuque County Drug Task Force and the Dubuque Police Department executed a search warrant at Bomani T-Shirt Shop at 1889 and 1889 and a half Jackson Street at around 2:50 pm. Police took two men into custody, 26 year old Donald D. Edwards of 1889 Jackson, apartment #1, and 44 year old Edwin Cruz of Iowa City. Edwards is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, while Cruz was arrested on a Johnson County warrant for failure to appear on an OWI charge. Edwards' bond is set at 30 thousand dollars, while Cruz had a bond of 13-hundred dollars. The investigation continues and other charges could be filed.

Sandy Hook Speaker

The mother of one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting spoke in the Loras College Alumni Center last night. Nicole Hockley lost her 6 year old son Dylan in the shooting. He was one of 20 1st graders and 6 educators killed at the school in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, 2012. Hockley spoke on "Creating a Safe Community" inside the Marie Graber Ballroom. She is a member of Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization led by community members, parents and spouses who lost loved ones in the tragic mass shooting. She says their mission is to protect children from gun violence. Hockley says even though it's been nearly two years since the shooting, the community of Newtown is still coping with the tragedy. Hockley's appearance at Loras was sponsored by the Loras College Father Ray Herman Peace and Justice Center and the Dubuque Coalition for Nonviolence.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Kum and Go convenience store chain will spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states to settle a lawsuit that claimed its gas stations failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. A federal court judge on Thursday approved the settlement negotiated by attorneys for the company and the plaintiff from Clinton, Iowa, Gary McDermott.

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a southwest Iowa man is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself in the face. Red Oak police say 28-year-old Cody Tunnell was handling a weapon Wednesday night when it went off.

DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a motorcycle crash involving a deer injured three people in southeast Iowa. The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Joe Roth was traveling by motorcycle Wednesday night near Danville when he struck a deer and was knocked off his bike. Fifty-four-year-old Gail Schultz, in a separate vehicle, slowed her car after the crash. She was struck from behind by 19-year-old Emma Asher, whose vehicle went off the roadway and into a ditch. All three victims were hospitalized yesterday.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - A train collision involving a tractor has injured a man in eastern Iowa. The Clinton County Sheriff's Office says 65-year-old Thomas A. Olson of Calamus was hurt in the collision Wednesday morning across a railroad track just south of U.S. 30.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Governor Scott Walker says he had nothing to do with allegations that his Democratic opponent Mary Burke was fired from her job at the family business Trek Bicycles in 1993. Walker said yesterday he blames the media for not doing a better job vetting Burke, saying reporters have done a better job covering his bald spot and thumb injury caused by a minor hunting accident.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Madison judge says the state Justice Department must release videos of two training presentations Republican attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel gave to prosecutors but will give the agency a chance to appeal his ruling. The state Democratic Party filed a records request with DOJ seeking videos of Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney, from five seminars. The party believes he made inappropriate comments during the presentations.

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) - The Dodge County Humane Society says two neglected dogs brought to the shelter weren't abandoned in a dumpster as the man who delivered them had claimed. Humane Society president Ryan Vossekuil says when police investigated the case of possible animal neglect, they found the man wasn't telling the truth.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) - A 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him of killing his daughter's ex-boyfriend. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours yesterday before finding Joseph Reinwand guilty of first-degree intentional homicide.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials say three members of a family were killed when their SUV was struck by a freight train at a crossing in southern Illinois. Fayette County coroner Bruce Bowen says a woman, a boy and a girl died in last night's collision in Vandalia. Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray says two other people in the car were airlifted to a hospital.

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow is encouraging people to report suspicious voting practices to his election fraud hotline during Tuesday's balloting. Glasgow has assigned two-person teams to travel to polling places where irregularities are reported on Election Day. The teams will have an assistant state's attorney and an investigator.

CHICAGO (AP) - More than 115,000 voters in suburban Cook County have voted ahead of Tuesday's election. Cook County Clerk David Orr said Thursday the number surpasses early balloting from four years ago. Orr says grace period registration has drawn more than 2,400 voters to the early voting sites.

ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - The northern Illinois village of Algonquin will soon have its first new police chief in nearly 30 years. Chief Russell Laine has led Algonquin's police department since 1985. He will retire in December. Assistant Village Manager Mike Kumbera says Deputy Chief John Bucci has been named Laine's replacement.

National News

Frein's 1st court appearance ... Dropping gasoline prices have many motorists happy ... Hello Kitty convention

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa (AP) - An initial court appearance is set for this morning in Pike County, Pennsylvania for 31-year-old Eric Frein, the man authorities had been hunting for seven weeks following the ambush killing of a state trooper and the wounding of another. U.S. Marshals captured Frein yesterday, near an empty airport hangar about 30 miles from the Pocono Mountain police barracks where the two state troopers were shot.

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Residents of Pahoa, Hawaii say lava from the Kilauea volcano will reshape their community as it creeps toward the ocean. The molten lava has not consumed any homes, just a shed. But it threatens to further isolate the community of 950 residents in the rural town on the Big Island. More than 80 Hawaii National Guard members have been sent to the area to help with roadblocks and security.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - The man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham is being arraigned today on an unrelated sexual assault from nearly a decade ago. Jesse Matthew will appear in Fairfax County Circuit Court via video from a jail in the Charlottesville area, where he's being held. Matthew was indicted earlier this month for allegedly sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman in Fairfax in 2005.

NEW YORK (AP) - The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit $3 a gallon today, and should soon drop below the benchmark for the first time since December 2010. AAA says the price at the pump fell 33 cents in October, thanks mainly to plunging oil prices. Many happy drivers have taken to social media to post pictures of gas station signs with prices of $2.99 or lower. Drivers in South Carolina and Tennessee are paying the lowest prices, with an average of $2.75 a gallon.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 25,000 fans are expected to attend the first Hello Kitty convention in downtown Los Angeles through the weekend. On Thursday, there were long lines of fans wearing Hello Kitty dresses, cat ears and the character's signature red bow at the convention site. The four-day event is sold out. Hello Kitty's 40th birthday is Saturday.



Final New Orleans 28 Carolina 10


Final Washington 105 Orlando 98

Final Minnesota 97 Detroit 91

Final New York 95 Cleveland 90

Final Dallas 120 Utah 102

Final L-A Clippers 93 Oklahoma City 90


Final OT Boston 3 Buffalo 2

Final Pittsburgh 3 Los Angeles 0

Final 2OT New Jersey 2 Winnipeg 1

Final Florida 2 Arizona 1

Final 2OT Chicago 5 Ottawa 4

Final Tampa Bay 4 Philadelphia 3

Final St. Louis 2 Anaheim 0

Final 2OT Minnesota 4 San Jose 3

Final Colorado 5 N-Y Islanders 0

Final OT Vancouver 3 Montreal 2

Maybe you can't go home again, LeBron...Winston rallies 'Noles from 21 down

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James struggled in his first game back in Cleveland, scoring 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting while committing eight turnovers in the Cavaliers' 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and buried a jumper with James in his face with 25 seconds left to give the Knicks a 92-87 lead.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - There's a new leader atop the NFC South, and it's the 4-4 New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 to end a seven-game road losing streak dating back to last November.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jameis Winston threw three touchdowns to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville. Florida State overcame a 21-0 deficit for its 24th straight victory to stay in the national championship hunt.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -On NHL ice, Chris Kunitz had two goals in a three-point game to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings 3-0. Marc-Andre Fleurymade 35 saves in his 30th NHL shutout.

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - The first of the two-day Breeders' Cup starts today at Santa Anita. Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik can close out a stellar year with a victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff. The path to the winner's circle has been made a bit easier by the absence of defending champion Beholder.

Fighting Saints At Home

The Dubuque Fighting Saints will be at home tonight and tomorrow night hosting Fargo at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The puck will drop at 7:35 tonight and 7:05 tomorrow evening. Going into the homestand the Fighting Saints are 5-and-3, fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Fargo is in a three way tie for 2nd in the Western Conference with a record of 6-2-and-1.

College Football Saturday

The Iowa Hawkeyes are back in action following a bye week. Iowa will host Northwestern with kickoff at 11 o'clock and pregame on KDTH starting at 9 o'clock. Wisconsin will be Rutgers with an 11 o'clock kick. Iowa State hosts 19th ranked Oklahoma at 11 o'clock. Illinois is at 13th ranked Ohio State with kickoff tonight at 7. Northern Iowa hosts Illinois State at 4 o'clock.

In Division 3 action locally, it's the Key City Clash as Loras will host Dubuque with kickoff at the Rock Bowl at 1 o'clock. 16th ranked Wisconsin Platteville will host top ranked U-W Whitewater also at 1 o'clock.

High School Volleyball

Iowa Regional Semi-Finals

Class 5A

Pleasant Valley 3, Hempstead 1

Bettendorf 3, Senior 0

Class 4A

Wahlert 3, North Scott 1

West Delaware 3, Western Dubuque 0

(Wahlert meets West Delaware Tuesday evening at Cascade)

Class 3A

Dyersville Beckman 3, Center Pt.-Urbana 0

Solon 3, Northeast 0

(Beckman meets Solon Tuesday evening at Center Point)

Tonight in Class 1A: Bellevue Marquette Catholic will host Midland in Regional Semi-Final

Wisconsin Sectional Semi-Finals


Platteville 3, Wisconsin Dells 0

(Platteville meets Lakeside Lutheran in Sectional Championship Saturday 7pm at Whitewater)


Wisconsin Heights 3, Cuba City 2

(Wisconsin Heights advances to the Sectional Championship)


Southwestern 3, River Ridge 0

(Southwestern to face Royall in Sectional Final at Onalaska Saturday at 7pm)

Illinois Regional Finals

Galena 2, River Ridge 0

(Galena advances to sectional play)

UNI Men's Exhibition Win

The Northern Iowa men's basketball team posted a 83-66 exhibition victory last night over Upper Iowa at the McCloud Center in Cedar Falls. Former Senior Ram Josh Weeber led Upper Iowa in scoring with 15 points. The sophomore was 5 of 7 shooting including 3 of 4 from the 3 point arc and 2 of 3 from the foul line.