FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATES, MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
TODAY: AREAS OF DENSE FOG EARLY, THEN MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH 83. SOUTH WIND
TONIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 68.
TOMORROW: MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH 86.
EXTENDED OUTLOOK WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY:
DRY AND WARM. HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 80S. LOWS IN THE 60S.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 8.6 FEET & STEADY
Dubuque and TriState
Back to School Safety
The first day of classes for Dubuque schools is Tuesday, and local police are reminding people of some safety tips with classes resuming. Lt. Scott Baxter of the Dubuque Police Department says drivers will start to see more school buses on the roads, and need to be aware of the laws surrounding bus stops and crossings. Baxter says that traffic typically backs up in school zones at the beginning and end of the school day, so motorists should be extra cautious in those areas. According to Baxter, the new school year will likely mean there are some newly licensed drivers on the roads. Baxter says this is also a good time for parents to remind their children about "stranger danger." Tuesday is the first day of classes in the Dubuque Community School District.
Holy Family Starts Classes
School also starts Tuesday for students in the Holy Family Catholic School System. Holy Family Chief Administrator Carol Trueg says she spent part of her summer debunking the myths about Holy Family. For instance, the idea that every child who attends Catholic schools come from rich families. Trueg says they are also concerned about middle class families who have children in the Holy Family System. In May Holy Family launched its SOARING Capital Campaign to raise money for improvements and renovations at Wahlert High School. Trueg says the campaign is in its last few public phases. The $17 million will allow Holy Family to do some major renovations at Wahlert, which was built in 1959. The Holy Family School Board will meet soon to start the planning process for the Wahlert renovation project. Trueg says the project should be underway next summer.
Grassley: “ObamaCare Changes Unlikely”
The future of health care reform in the United States could depend on who the next President of the United States is. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley was in Dubuque on Friday speaking to a group of doctors and those with other medical interests. Grassley says he expects very little change while President Obama is in office. While the Affordable Care Act was designed to improve access to health care for all Americans, critics say it is accelerating the closure of many rural hospitals. Grassley, along with Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, recently introduced legislation to help rural hospitals stay open while meeting the needs of rural residents for emergency room care and outpatient services.
Cascade Native Interns in Grassley Office
A college student from the Tri-State area got an inside look at the seat of political power in America this summer. Cascade native Jared Manternach recently completed an internship in US Senator Charles Grassley's office. He says that being able to see the inner workings of the government was an eye-opening experience. Manternach split his time between assisting in Grassley's administrative and press offices. He led tours of the Senator's office and the Capital as well as helped organize and oversee Grassley's news conferences. Manternach is entering his junior year at the University of Iowa and says the workload has already impacted how he handles his schoolwork. Prior to the internship, Manternach had very little interest in a career in politics. But he says his time in Washington has changed that. Manternach is majoring in Political Science, but also pursuing and Entrepreneurship emphasis.
Planet Fitness Opening
Dubuquers will have another place to work out later this year. Planet Fitness has announced plans to open a location at Kennedy Mall. This will be their first gym in Dubuque. The company says they will take over the former Sears space at the mall. They plan to fill the 17-thousand square foot area with more than one hundred cardio and weight machines. Planet Fitness prides itself on having a “judgment free” atmosphere where anyone can be comfortable working out, regardless of experience or fitness level. The Kennedy Mall location will be open by the end of the year.
A group of Catholic nuns who live south of Dubuque are hoping the public can help identify a man they say broke into their abbey. The sisters who live at the Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey south of Dubuque report that a man broke into one of their buildings back on August 19. Surveillance video from the abbey shows the suspect as a white man about 5-foot, ten inches tall. He has a heavier build, a crew-cut haircut, and was wearing jeans and a white t-shirt at the time of the burglary. The man is accused of stealing about 750 dollars during the break-in. Anyone with information about the burglary can contact Crime Stoppers of Dubuque and Jo Daviess Counties. A reward of up to one thousand dollars may be offered for information that leads to an arrest.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press:
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A new law that prevented Iowa schools from starting before August 23rd helped boost crowds at the State Fair and other attractions this month. The Sioux City Journal reports attendance at the Iowa State Fair in mid-August hit an all-time high of 1,117,398.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Waterloo police are investigating after a 27-year-old man was shot and killed outside a gentlemen's club. Authorities say Justin Montravious Dollen was wounded several times in the parking lot outside the Porsches Theater of Arts around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Dollen died later at an Iowa City hospital. Last year, Dollen was wounded in his leg by a previous shooting
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Ohio State University administrator is one of the four finalists to become president of the University of Iowa. The Iowa Board of Regents said Sunday that Joseph Steinmetz will visit the campus in Iowa City on Monday to meet faculty and students. He is currently Ohio State's executive vice president and provost.
ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - Scott Walker wowed Iowa Republicans in January at one of the first events of the 2016 campaign, a moment that shot the Wisconsin governor into the top-tier of GOP candidates for president. But in the months since, Walker has slowly fallen back into the pack of more than a dozen seeking the GOP nomination. Walker is looking to Iowa to regain his momentum. He was there for two days last week, retail politicking at diners and dives.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The mayor of Milwaukee is proposing equipping all of the city's police officers on the street with body cameras by the end of next year. Mayor Tom Barrett on Sunday announced the plan, first reported by the Journal Sentinel.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says that building a wall along the country's northerN border with Canada is a legitimate issue that merits further review. Republican candidates have generally taken a get-tough approach on deterring illegal immigration, but they usually focus on the border with Mexico. The Wisconsin governor was asked whether he wanted to build a wall on the northern border, too, during an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says it will provide back pay for State Patrol officers who serve as bodyguards for Gov. Scott Walker and other state officials. WKOW-TV reports the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring WISDOT to award overtime pay dating to May 19th, 2013, to nine State Patrol officers.
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press:
KEWANEE, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say two Texas residents have died in a plane crash in northern Illinois that left a third person injured. Authorities responded to the crash in a soybean field in Kewanee on Sunday morning. Henry County Coroner David Johnson pronounced Steven and Mark Murray dead at the scene. Samantha Murray was airlifted to a Peoria hospital.
SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a stabbing at a southwest Illinois apartment complex has left one woman dead and her son with severe injuries. Swansea police say officers responding to a disturbance Saturday evening found the boy with a severe stab wound to the neck. Sharetta L. Day was found lying on the ground of the parking lot with multiple wounds.
ROBBINS, Ill. (AP) - Cook County authorities say two people have been charged for allegedly drag racing in suburban Chicago and causing a crash which killed a couple and injured their three children. The sheriff's office says Douglas McGrew and Craig Stevenson face reckless homicide charges. McGrew also was charged with aggravated DUI.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago Tribune report says a for-profit telemarketing company raised roughly $5 million at Chicago area call centers for U.S. charities but that the charities received a fraction of the money. Government records say Safety Publications gave nonprofits dealing with causes including children's health 15 cents of each dollar. Company officials say Safety Publications works hard to comply with Illinois laws.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hurricane Ignacio is expected to weaken from a Category 3 hurricane to a tropical storm as it moves closer to Hawaii's Big Island and Maui today. The islands have been under a tropical storm watch, but that has been canceled. Several residents say they're treating the storm like business as usual. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fred has strengthened to a hurricane as it approaches the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is hoping to generate more public urgency to deal with climate change as he takes off today for a three-day trip to Alaska. In advance of the outing, he sought to show solidarity with Alaska Natives. Obama announced yesterday that his administration is changing the name of North America's tallest peak, Mount McKinley, to Denali, its traditional Athabascan name.
HOUSTON (AP) - The man charged with shooting to death a suburban Houston sheriff's deputy is scheduled to be arraigned later today. Shannon Miles is charged with capital murder in the death of Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Goforth was shot while filling up his gas tank in Cypress, Texas. Authorities call the shooting "clearly unprovoked."
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Salem High School in the Roanoke, Virginia area will open its doors to the community today to commemorate the life of an alumnus - 27-year-old Adam Ward, the TV news cameraman shot to death on live TV last week, along with a reporter. Ward's family is asking visitors to wear the colors of his favorite teams, Virginia Tech and Salem High, where he played football. Ward's funeral is set for Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Roanoke.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's coast guard says it's picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea over the weekend, in dozens of search and rescue operations off the coast of several Greek islands. Greece is dealing with a heavy flow of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, who are trying to escape war and poverty.
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