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Weather Forecast

FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATE AREA FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2014

TODAY: PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH 78. NORTHEAST WIND 5-10 MPH.

TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LATE.

LOW 61.

TOMORROW: CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. HIGH 73.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY:

A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EACH DAY. HIGH'S IN THE 70'S & 80'S. LOW'S IN THE 60'S

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 9-FEET & FALLING

Dubuque and TriState

Freeport Man Wanted

Dubuque police have issued a warrant for a Freeport, Illinois man who allegedly fired a handgun in downtown Dubuque Sunday Night. Lt. Scott Baxter says a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 24 year old Blake M. Maurer. Maurer is charged with two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. The first felony count accuses Maurer of firing a handgun in close proximity to a person, while the second count accuses him of pointing a handgun at a crowd of people, and then firing the gun into the air.

Baxter says anyone knowing the whereabouts of Maurer is encouraged to contact the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center.

Jackels Statement on Ice Bucket Challenge

The Archbishop of Dubuque, Michael Jackels, is asking Catholics to not donate to the ALS Association. He released a statement in response to the popular Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a way to raise awareness and money for the fight against ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Typically one person has ice water poured over them, and then challenges other people to do the same in addition to the dousing the participants contribute money to the ALS Association.

Jackels says in his statement that donating to the ALS Association is inconsistent with Catholic moral teaching since the association "promotes stem cell research that destroys embryonic human beings". Jackels urges individuals, parishes and schools in the Archdiocese that participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to donate their money to the John Paul II Medical research Institute in Iowa City. That organization is looking for treatments and cures for diseases like ALS, and uses what Jackels calls "pro-life bioethics".

The ALS Association acknowledges conducting research using stem cells, but says only a small portion of the research uses embryotic stem cells.

Immigration Detainers

It was recently announced that Dubuque County is one of 22 Iowa counties that are not accepting requests from federal immigration authorities to hold individuals in jail suspected of not having proper immigration documentation without a court order. Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos says, based on what County Attorney Ralph Potter has told them, there is no actual authority to hold those individuals in the Dubuque jail. He says they would hold immigrants, if a judge signed a warrant giving them the authority. Vrotsos says that's based on a letter issued in May by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa.

Sheriff Vrotsos says if local authorities did hold suspected illegal immigrants without a court order from a judge, they would open themselves up to possible lawsuits, and they are not paid to hold those individuals.

Other counties that refuse to honor immigration detainers include Iowa's most populous cities of Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, and Sioux City.

Loras Improvements

When the students returned to Loras College for the current school year, many of them found improvements that have been made… or are in progress on the campus. Loras officials say students in the field of media studies are seeing several new enhancements. The college has finished a complete rebuild of the digital media lab in Hoffman Hall. The lab now features more than a dozen new Apple computers with advanced software for tasks like video and audio editing… animation… and graphic design. Officials also say the new lab integrates into the media studies TV studio facility.

In the center of campus, the Duhawk Plaza is being constructed on the east end of the Rock Bowl Stadium. The Plaza will feature a five foot tall Duhawk statue along with two plaques that explain the history of Loras football and the school's mascot. Loras officials say before the school year started, they also were able to renovate the steps of Christ the King Chapel and the windows of Saint Joseph's Hall of Science.

Loras students officially started classes on Monday.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Speakers at an administrative hearing say they're frustrated at the difficulty in obtaining a marijuana extract despite Iowa's new law. Sally Gaer, of West Des Moines, and Kim Novy, of Altoona, said during a state Department of Public Health hearing that they have epileptic children who would benefit from the extract. Health official Deborah Thompson says officials hope to issue registration cards by the end of the year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former chief judge for the state agency that hears unemployment cases says he was fired because he stood up to his boss, who asserted her bias toward employers and against unemployed workers. Joe Walsh oversaw 15 unemployment appeals judges from 2010 until his dismissal in 2013. He told the Senate Government Oversight Committee that Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert pushed him to develop tip sheets to help businesses avoid paying unemployment. She was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republicans are accusing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch of using his legislative position to halt a bill that could have impacted his development business. Hatch's development company has built projects using these tax credits. Hatch's campaign called the accusations false, but declined to answer specific questions. The bill cited by Republicans was referred to a subcommittee chaired by Hatch in 2013. The panel never met, meaning the bill did not advance.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Turnout for Wisconsin's primary elections two weeks ago was even lower than state election officials predicated. The state Government Accountability Board had predicted turnout would be 15 percent of eligible voters. The agency released figures Tuesday showing the official turnout for the Aug. 12 elections was 12.7 percent. The GAB said 552,342 people cast votes out of a voting-age population of 4,348,307.

TOWN OF WELLINGTON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say a 19-year-old man trying to free a tractor stuck in mud in southwestern Wisconsin was killed when he was hit in the head by a tow strap. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department says authorities found the man dead about 7:50 p.m. Friday. Authorities identify the victim as Aaron Brockman of New Lisbon.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Former Rusk County board member James Edming has won a close Republican primary for an Assembly seat in northwestern Wisconsin. Edming defeated former hand-held computer designer Michael Bub by 19 votes in a recount in Assembly District 87. If there's no appeal, Edming will face Democrat Richard Pulcher in the general election for the seat held by retiring Republican Rep. Mary Williams.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The family of a man killed by a Milwaukee police officer four months ago has filed a notice of injury with the city, a procedural step that hints at a possible lawsuit. The 31-year-old had been sleeping in a park April 30 when an officer confronted him. A struggle ensued and the officer shot him some 14 times. Police say the officer was acting in self-defense, but Hamilton's family says police haven't documented their claims that the officer had been beaten in the head.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County authorities have charged a Chicago man with hitting his neighbor with a board during an argument over fishing tackle and $8. Police say Corey Mitchell is charged with felony aggravated battery of a person over 60. They say Mitchell hit his neighbor with a two-by-four board on Saturday at the older man's Chicago home following their argument.

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - A Western Springs man accused of stalking a DuPage County circuit judge has been sentenced to five years in prison. John Euwema was sentenced after pleading guilty to stalking and interference with the duty of a judicial officer. Authorities say Euwema sent a book, a letter, an email and U.S. currency to Judge Kathryn Creswell.

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) - Kane County prosecutors say an Aurora man should be tried after an appellate court vacated his guilty plea and sentence for a 2005 murder. Garang Deng was 14 when he allegedly killed Marilyn Bethell. Deng was prosecuted as an adult and pleaded guilty in exchange for a 35-year sentence. The plea and sentence was overturned because it was less than the 45-year minimum sentence required in Illinois for committing a murder with a gun.

CHICAGO (AP) - Seven health centers in the Chicago area are receiving a total of $1.7 million in funding for construction and renovation projects. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is available through an Affordable Care Act grant program. Four of the seven centers are in Chicago. The others are in La Grange, Oak Park and Joliet.

National News

Jindal to sue Obama administration...Cristobal creating dangerous currents for East Coast

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's governor is taking the Obama administration to court over education standards. A suit Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to file today says federal grant policy "effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum" in violation of the Constitution and other federal laws. Jindal calls it a big government effort to strip away state rights.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the Eastern Seaboard will probably be spared a collision with Hurricane Cristobal but not from life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Cristobal is moving slowly toward Bermuda after drenching Atlantic and Caribbean islands with heavy rains, causing flooding that officials blamed for at least five deaths.

NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) - A U.S. official says investigators are still trying to learn more about the death of an American man believed to have been killed in Syria while fighting alongside extremist militants, most likely the Islamic State group. The official says investigators were aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain was in Syria, but not too much else. They don't yet have his body.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Officials say unsuccessful Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah's withdrawal from an audit of the disputed election throws what has already been a lengthy and contentious process into further turmoil. Abdullah says he pulled his observers out of concerns about fraud he says are not being addressed in the audit of eight million ballots. A U.N. official confirms a "temporary pause" in the audit.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - In Ivory Coast, there's a different twist on the ice bucket challenge as part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa. A bucket of soapy water replaces the ice. "Lather Against Ebola" is intended to educate the public about the disease, which is spread through contact with bodily fluids and can be partly contained by simple measures like regular hand-washing.

Sports

INTERLEAGUE

Final L.A. Angels 8 Miami 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Baltimore 4 Tampa Bay 2

Final Boston 11 Toronto 7, 11 Innings

Final Detroit 5 N-Y Yankees 2

Final Cleveland 8 Chi White Sox 6, 10 Innings

Final Kansas City 2 Minnesota 1

Final Houston 4 Oakland 2

Final Seattle 5 Texas 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 5 St. Louis 2

Final Philadelphia 4 Washington 3

Final N-Y Mets 3 Atlanta 2

Final Chi Cubs 3 Cincinnati 0

Final L.A. Dodgers 9 Arizona 5

Final San Diego 4 Milwaukee 1

Final San Francisco 3 Colorado 0

Tigers top Yanks, keep pace with Royals...Angels reclaim division lead...Ross stymies Brewers

UNDATED (AP) - The Detroit Tigers stayed within 1 1/2 games of AL Central-leading Kansas City while dropping the New York Yankees seven games behind the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles. Rick Porcello picked up his career-high 15th win by allowing two runs and nine hits in eight innings of the Tigers' 5-2 downing of New York.Alex Gordon launched a two-run, walkoff homer in the ninth to complete the Royals' 2-1 triumph over Minnesota.

UNDATED (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels are back atop the AL West, one game ahead of Oakland. Efren Navarro and Albert Pujols laced a two-run single while the Angels put together a five-run fifth to beat the Marlins 8-2. Houston beat the Athletics 4-2 on Chris Carter's three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth.

UNDATED (AP) - Tyson Ross was terrific in San Diego's 4-1 win against Milwaukee, giving up a run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Abraham Almonte hit a solo homer and an RBI single as the Padres prevented the Brewers from padding their 1 1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis ripped a tiebreaking, three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the eighth to lift Pittsburgh past the Cardinals 5-2.

UNDATED (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to top the NL West by five games over San Francisco. Dodgers/Diamondbacks Buster Posey homered twice and Madison Bumgarner struck out 13 while tossing a one-hitter in the Giants' 3-0 shutout of Colorado.

UNDATED (AP) - Washington still leads the NL East by 7 1/2 games over Atlanta after both teams lost. The Nats erased a 3-0 deficit before Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice in the bottom of the eighth to give the Phillies a 4-3 triumph over Washington in Philadelphia. Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer, scored twice and made several impressive catches in center fielder to lead the Mets' 3-2 triumph over Atlanta.

High School Volleyball

Hempstead 3, Wahlert 1 (Hempstead 25-25-19-25, Wahlert 17-22-25-22)

High School Girls Swimming

Wahlert 118.5, Hempstead 61.5

Cross Country

The Hempstead boys cross country team took first place at the Mount Vernon Invitational yesterday evening with 18 points.

Loras IIAC Favorites Again In Men's Soccer

Loras College, which has won or shared six of the last seven Iowa Conference titles and advanced to the national semifinals of the last two NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships, is the coaches' pick to win the 2014 Iowa Conference men's soccer title.

Wartburg College and Luther College, which also claimed shares of the 2013 title and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships, are second and third, respectively. The Dubuque Spartans are picked 5th. Loras opens the season Friday evening at U-W Whitewater. Dubuque is at Concordia on Friday evening to open the season.

IIAC Womens Soccer

Loras College, the 2013 Iowa Conference regular season champion and tournament winner, is the choice of the league's coaches to capture the 2014 IIAC women's soccer crown. The Duhawks, who advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA Division III Championship, received six of seven available first-place votes. Luther College, recipient of one first-place vote, is second with 46 points, just ahead of the University of Dubuque and Wartburg College (43 points each). Loras opens the season at U-W Whitewater on Friday night. Dubuque starts the year at Marian University on Friday evening.